Israeli forces rescue two hostages from Hamas captivity in Rafah, Gaza, while deadly airstrikes hit the area, killing dozens of Palestinians.
Why it matters
The rescue operation and deadly airstrikes in Rafah highlight the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, with significant humanitarian and geopolitical implications.
What the papers say
The New York Times and The Guardian emphasize the deadly airstrikes and the rescue operation, while The Times of Israel and The Independent provide additional context on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
How we got here
The rescue operation and airstrikes in Rafah are part of the broader conflict between Israel and Hamas, with ongoing military actions and tensions in the region.
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Israel, formally known as the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea.
Rafah is a Palestinian city in the southern Gaza Strip. It is the district capital of the Rafah Governorate, located 30 kilometers south of Gaza City. Rafah's population of 152,950 is overwhelmingly made up of former Palestinian refugees.
Hamas is a Palestinian Sunni-Islamic fundamentalist militant organization. It has a social service wing, Dawah, and a military wing, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
The Gaza Strip, or simply Gaza, is a self-governing Palestinian territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers and Israel on the east and north along a 51 km border.
The Palestinian people, also referred to as Palestinians or Palestinian Arabs, are an ethnonational group comprising the modern descendants of the peoples who have lived in Palestine continuously over the centuries and who today are largely culturally and
Benjamin Netanyahu is an Israeli politician serving as Prime Minister of Israel since 2009, and previously from 1996 to 1999. Netanyahu is also the Chairman of the Likud – National Liberal Movement.