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Live blog: Israel vows Rafah invasion 'imminent' as ceasefire talks end | TRT World |

Israel's war on Gaza, now in its 212th day, has killed at least 34,683 Palestinians -- 70 percent of them babies, children and women -- and wounded over 78,018.

Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant said that a planned ground attack on Rafah in southern Gaza is "imminent."

"We are observing worrying signs that Hamas does not intend to reach an agreement with us," Gallant told army troops in central Gaza's Netzarim Corridor.

"This means the operation in Rafah is imminent."

Despite growing international opposition, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to invade Rafah, home to more than 1.4 million displaced Palestinians, to defeat what he calls the "remaining Hamas battalions."

Rafah is the last remaining area in Gaza where Israel has not yet formally announced the entry of its troops to continue the onslaught against Palestinians.

On other hand, a Hamas official told AFP that the group's negotiators in Cairo were leaving for Doha after talks ended in the Egyptian capital, part of mediation efforts towards a truce in Gaza.

"The meeting with the Egyptian intelligence minister has ended and the Hamas delegation is leaving for Doha for further consultations," said the official, who is close to the negotiations, requesting anonymity as he was not authorised to publicly discuss the talks.

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by Oui (Oui) on Sun May 5th, 2024 at 07:32:05 PM EST
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