Israeli defense minister vows to step up attacks in Rafah

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has stressed his intention to intensify the offensive in Rafah in southern Gaza, after successfully rescuing two Israeli hostages.

The Israeli military announced that its troops and a special police unit rescued two male hostages on Monday in central Rafah.

Gallant met members of the police unit and expressed his gratitude for their efforts. He said "Hamas is vulnerable. We are capable of going everywhere and achieving our missions."

Gallant emphasized his intention to seek the release of the hostages and the destruction of Hamas.

Health officials in Gaza say Israeli airstrikes and shelling in the rescue operation in Rafah killed 73 people.

Local media reported a hospital in Khan Younis has run out of fuel, and that a girl who was receiving treatment at the facility died on Monday.

Health officials in Gaza say 28,473 people have been killed in the enclave since fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas broke out last October.

More than 1 million people are taking shelter in Rafah.