Israel launches military operation in Rafah, southern Gaza

The Israeli military says its ground troops have begun a "precise counterterrorism operation" on the eastern side of Rafah in southern Gaza.

The military announced on Tuesday that it had taken control of the Gazan side of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt.

The Islamic group Hamas said earlier that a military operation in Rafah would jeopardize negotiations on a ceasefire and hostage release.