Israel continues attacks in Rafah despite ICJ order for immediate halt

Israeli forces continued to launch attacks in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip even after the International Court of Justice ordered the country to immediately halt its military offensive there.

Israel announced where it had staged military operations in Gaza on Friday. That was the same day the court in The Hague handed down the provisional measure.

Israel said its troops had broken up a terrorist cell in Rafah, and eliminated dozens of fighters in Jabalia in northern Gaza.

Meanwhile, health officials in Gaza said on Saturday that they had confirmed 46 fatalities in the enclave over the past 24 hours. They said the death toll in Gaza since the start of the Israeli onslaught on October 7 had climbed to 35,903.

Some media outlets quote officials as saying gridlocked negotiations for a pause in the fighting, and the release of remaining hostages held in Gaza, are expected to resume in the coming days.

Reuters news agency quotes an official as saying the decision to restart the talks came after the head of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency met with the chief of the CIA and the prime minister of Qatar.

The source added that the negotiations would "open based on new proposals led by the mediators, Egypt and Qatar," and with active US involvement.

Israel and Hamas have honored a pause in their fighting only once since the conflict started on October 7. That lasted for seven days from late November. But both sides have since remained at odds, hindering an agreement on another pause.

It remains unclear whether the deadlock can be broken, even if negotiations resume.