Israel-Iran update: Tehran downplays presumed Israeli attack, but vows response to further action

Following Israel’s very limited response to last week’s Iranian rocket and drone attacks, there has been considerable relief in some parts of the Middle East, and neither Israel nor Iran is willing to escalate the situation further. There is a widespread feeling that they do not want to do so.

But the six-month war in Gaza continues.

Israeli planes and tanks attacked multiple areas throughout the Gaza Strip overnight, including the Rafah area, where more than half of Gaza’s 2.3 million people have reportedly fled. There is.

The Hamas-run Health Ministry said one strike hit a residential building in the city, killing nine people, including four children, and injuring several others.

Airstrikes also reportedly destroyed at least five homes in al-Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is still engaged in a major military offensive in the southern city of Rafah in a bid to defeat Hamas once and for all.

In recent days, the United States and other allies have warned Netanyahu against such a full-scale attack in Rafah, concerned about the humanitarian impact.

Many Israelis also fear that an eventual offensive in southern Gaza could further jeopardize the safety of the 130 hostages still being held there.

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