Hamas warns Israel Rafah push may cause casualties in 'tens of thousands'

February 11, 2024

Gaza Strip (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) – Gaza's Hamas rulers warned on Saturday that Israel's planned army operation in overcrowded Rafah could cause "tens of thousands" of casualties in the city that has become the last refuge for displaced Palestinians. Hamas said in a statement that any military action would have catastrophic repercussion that "may lead to tens of thousands of martyrs and injured if Rafah... is invaded". Palestinians mourn after identifying the bodies of relatives at Al-Najjar hospital in Rafah © SAID KHATIB / AFPWitnesses reported new strikes on Rafah on Saturday. The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said Israeli bombardment killed at least 110 people overnight, including 25 in Rafah. Hamas negotiators departed Cairo on Friday after what a Hamas source described as "positive and good discussions" with Egyptian and Qatari mediators.