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Israel declares ‘tactical pause’ in military activity to let humanitarian aid into Gaza

The "tactical pause" facilitates humanitarian aid delivery but is not a ceasefire as military actions in Rafah will continue

In response to the ongoing conflict in Gaza, the Israeli military has implemented daily suspensions of military operations along a crucial southern Gaza route as a tactical pause. This tactical pause is aimed at facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid. It’s important to note that this is not a ceasefire, and military actions in Rafah will continue.

The operational halts started on Saturday and are scheduled from 08:00 to 19:00 local time. The suspension affects the pathway from the Kerem Shalom crossing to Salah al-Din Road, leading to the European Hospital near Khan Younis.

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The United Nations has acknowledged this move but has observed that it has not yet resulted in an increase in aid delivery. Under international scrutiny and pressure from the United States, Israel is taking steps to alleviate the humanitarian situation in Gaza. Israel has been coordinating these efforts with the UN and other global entities.

The objective of these pauses is to facilitate humanitarian supplies through the Kerem Shalom crossing, a vital point connecting Gaza and Israel. However, hostilities in Rafah are still ongoing, as reiterated by the IDF.

Controversy and Opposition Within Israel

Reports from Israeli media suggest that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant were not informed about these operational pauses before they were publicly declared. Netanyahu’s administration has openly criticized the initiative as “unacceptable” and asserted that military operations in Rafah will proceed as planned. National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir has strongly opposed the decision, condemning it as misguided and detrimental.

Since the military campaign in Rafah began over a month ago, there has been a mass exodus of residents. The Rafah crossing, a major conduit for aid, remains closed.

The conflict began after an attack by Hamas on Israel on October 7th, resulting in close to 1,200 Israeli fatalities. The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza reports over 37,000 Palestinian deaths, with substantial losses on both sides. On Saturday, Israeli authorities reported the loss of eight soldiers in a Rafah explosion, marking it as one of the most severe incidents for the IDF since January.

Additionally, discussions regarding a ceasefire and hostage exchange are underway. The US has announced forthcoming negotiations in Washington with Israeli Defense Minister Gallant.

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