Israeli military releases footage of hostage rescue operation in Rafah

The Israeli military has released a video of its operation to rescue two hostages in Rafah in southern Gaza.

The footage shows what are said to be special police and military units storming a building, and another building being bombed as part of the operation.

Israeli forces said on Monday that two male hostages held by Hamas were rescued during the nighttime raid.

Qatar-based Al Jazeera, and other news outlets, have reported that Rafah came under heavy airstrikes and shelling in the early hours of Monday.

Health authorities in Gaza said the attacks killed 67 people.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met the police commandos who took part in the operation on Monday.

He said the raid was one of the most successful rescue operations in the history of the state of Israel.

Israel is poised to launch a ground offensive in Rafah, where more than 1 million people are taking shelter.

The Israeli government is apparently hoping to show that increasing military pressure on Hamas will lead to the freedom of more hostages.