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Israeli shelling attack on Rafah — TV channel

According to Al Jazeera, during a shelling attack at least four people were killed

DUBAI, February 26. /TASS/. At least four Palestinians have been killed in a strike by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), Al Jazeera reported.

According to the TV channel, during a shelling attack on the city of Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip, at least four people were killed.

On February 7, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the IDF had been ordered to prepare for the start of fighting in Rafah on the Gaza Strip's border with Egypt. Two days later, he instructed the IDF to prepare a plan to evacuate civilians and eliminate the remaining four Hamas battalions in the city. Later, the US said that Israel should have avoided military operations in Rafah without a clear plan on protecting the remaining civilians.

Tensions flared up again in the Middle East on October 7, 2023, when militants from the Gaza-based Palestinian radical group Hamas staged a surprise incursion into Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip. Hamas described its attack as a response to the aggressive actions of Israeli authorities against the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City. In response, Israel has declared a state of war readiness; announced a total blockade of the Gaza Strip, home to 2.3 million Palestinians; and began delivering air strikes on the enclave and certain parts of Lebanon and Syria. Clashes are underway in the West Bank as well.