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Israeli troops are being withdrawn from the battle-scarred city of Khan Younis to prepare for a new offensive into Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, the country’s defense minister announced Sunday.

Recent developments suggest that Israel’s full-scale ground offensive in Rafah could take place at any time. What we have been told by Israeli officials, is that the operation will require the evacuation of the city, presumably so the IDF can inflict the same level of destruction on Rafah as was inflicted on Khan Yunis and Gaza City. Once the ground forces are deployed, the Palestinians will be forced to flee to the Egyptian border where they will seek refuge from the Israeli onslaught.

Nine babies from Gaza without a name or a family

Twenty-four newborns were evacuated to Egypt during the Israeli army’s assault. Three have died and nine of them have nowhere to go

Image removed.A doctor and a nurse from the neonatal unit of the New Administrative Capital hospital care for unaccompanied premature babies.Marc Español

Russian President Vladimir Putin's election victory speech and Q&A with the press was full of familiar themes, but he used the occasion after capturing a record 87% of the vote to warn the US and Europe that a "full-scale World War III" is "possible" should any Western troops enter Ukraine.

Egypt's foreign minister called on Israel on Thursday to open its land crossings to let more aid into the Gaza Strip and said Egypt was continuing efforts to agree a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and a hostage-prisoner exchange.

Humanitarian relief has so far mainly been channelled through the Rafah crossing between Egypt and Gaza and the nearby, Israeli-controlled crossing of Kerem Shalom, but aid officials say the quantity delivered is far less than needed.

In the wake of three days of intense negotiations with Hamas, Egyptian officials announced on Tuesday that no breakthrough had been achieved.

This comes less than a week before the commencement of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which had been informally set as the deadline for a deal.