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Israeli Incursion

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South Africa urges the UN's top court to order a ceasefire in Gaza to protect citizens in Rafah. The ICJ hears South Africa's plea to stop Israel's offensive in Rafah. Israeli tank fire kills 5 troops in northern Gaza. UN court holds hearings on Israeli military's incursion into Rafah.

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The conflict between Israel and Palestine intensified as the Israeli military conducted incursions into Gaza, specifically targeting Rafah, a city in the southernmost part of the Gaza Strip. The incursion by Israeli forces was heavily met with retaliation, leading to a barrage of violence and battles raging both in Rafah and in northern Gaza, turning the region into a war zone. Amidst the escalating clashes, aid agencies warned of a humanitarian crisis, with Gaza on the brink of catastrophe due to the relentless fighting.

The situation caught the attention of the United Nations, with the top UN court conducting hearings regarding the Israeli military's actions in Rafah. South Africa sought to halt Israel's offensive in Rafah, urging for an immediate cessation of the violence. The European Union also urged Israel to end its military operation in Rafah promptly, highlighting potential repercussions and economic sanctions that could follow.

In the midst of the conflict, reports emerged of the first Israeli soldier killed by Hamas in Rafah, adding fuel to the already intense situation. The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stood firm on the military offensive, emphasizing the necessity to continue the operation despite mounting tensions and calls for ceasefires. Additionally, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned that the continued fighting could potentially undo aid gains made in Gaza, emphasizing the need to de-escalate the situation to prevent further deterioration and casualties.

As the conflict continued, thousands of Palestinians sought refuge and fled from the escalating violence in Rafah, marking the Nakba anniversary amidst the chaos and devastation unfolding in the region. The battles in Gaza were further fueled by the presence of armed men at a UN location, intensifying concerns regarding the safety and security of civilians caught in the crossfire of the conflict.

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