US has not seen major Israeli operation in Rafah: State Dept spokesman

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The United States has not yet seen Israel launch a major military operation in the Gaza city of Rafah, US State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said on Thursday.

Israel’s military operations in Rafah are not of the “size, scope or scale” of operations conducted elsewhere in Gaza, Miller said in a briefing for reporters. “It’s been a more limited operation.”

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The comment came hour after Israeli tanks advanced deeper into the western area of Rafah.

Resident said it was one of the worst nights of bombardment from air, ground, and sea, forcing many families to flee their homes and tents under darkness.

The Israeli military denied in a statement it had launched any strikes inside the Al-Mawasi humanitarian zone.

Israel said its assault aimed to wipe out Hamas’ last intact combat units in Rafah, a city which had sheltered more than a million people before the latest advance began. Most of those people have now moved north towards Khan Younis and Deir Al-Balah in central Gaza Strip.

With agencies

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