Israeli defense minister hints at possible attack on Rafah

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant says the leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip is now "on the run" from the Israeli military. He also hinted at a possible attack on Rafah in southern Gaza.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Gallant said Yahya Sinwar is moving from hideout to hideout and is unable to communicate with his surroundings. He added that Sinwar is busy with his personal survival.

Gallant said the Israeli forces are continuing their operation to defeat Hamas, and will reach places where they have not yet fought in the center of Gaza and in the south.

He also indicated a possible concentrated attack on Rafah, which is the last remaining Hamas stronghold.
Over 1 million Palestinians have escaped the Israeli attacks in the north and are taking shelter in Rafah.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society said on Monday that about 8,000 people have evacuated its headquarters and Al-Amal Hospital, both in Khan Younis, southern Gaza.

The society said areas including these facilities have been besieged for two weeks, and are running out of food and medical supplies. Senior officials of the society and the hospital have also reportedly been detained by the Israeli forces.

The United Nations said that, as of last Wednesday, only 13 of 36 hospitals in Gaza were functioning even on a limited scale.

Health authorities in Gaza said as of Monday, the death toll in the conflict had reached 27,478.