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Israel army maintains Rafah evacuation order ahead of ‘ground operation’

Israel says five troops killed in north Gaza friendly fire

Israel’s army late Monday reiterated its call for evacuations in Rafah as it prepares for a “ground operation” in the southern Gaza city, despite Hamas saying it had approved a truce proposal.

“We also call on residents this evening to evacuate,” military spokesman Daniel Hagari said in a broadcast address after the Hamas announcement, adding that throughout the day Monday, “airforce aircraft targeted more than 50 terror targets in the Rafah area”.

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