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Netanyahu says Israel won't invade Rafah with civilians 'locked in place'

Israeli Prime Minister Binjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel would not leave civilians trapped in Rafah when its forces begin a long-expected assault on the southern Gaza city where more than 1 million Palestinians are sheltering. Earlier Sunday, he said "no amount of international pressure" would stop Israel from meeting its goals in the war. Israeli negotiators were preparing for new truce talks in Qatar. Read our live blog to see how all the day's events unfolded.

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Summary:

  • After a meeting with Netanyahu, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said he had spoken with the prime minister about the need to provide comprehensive humanitarian aid to the people in Gaza. “We cannot stand by and watch Palestinians risk starvation,” Scholz said.

  • Gaza’s health ministry said 12 members of the same family, whose house in Deir al-Balah was hit, were among the 61 killed overnight.

  • Stalled talks aimed at securing a ceasefire in the war between Israel and Hamas are expected to restart in Qatar as soon as Sunday, according to Egyptian officials.

  • (FRANCE 24 with AFP, AP and Reuters)


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