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Large craters left by Israeli bombardment of Rafah

People stand around large craters left in the ground after Israeli bombardments in Rafah, southern Gaza today.

Israel announced on February 12 the rescue of two hostages in the southern Gaza city of Rafah.
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Death toll in Gaza hits 28,340, officials there say

The war in Gaza has killed 28,340 people and injured 67,984, health officials in the enclave said today.

Gaza’s Ministry of Health said 164 died and 200 were injured over the past 24 hours.

Fear spreads in Rafah as Israel prepares ground assault

NBC News spoke with displaced Gazans who said they fear time is running out as Israel prepares a ground incursion into areas crowded with civilians.

“We’re so scared, we don’t know where to go. There is a lot of people here,” one young woman said. “Rafah is so small.”

“We are people just like you. I am terrified of what is going to happen to me and my family,” another said. “I have already lost my brother — I don’t want to lose anybody else.”

Israeli forces say they rescued 2 hostages

The Israel Defense Forces today said its troops rescued two hostages abducted during Hamas militants’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel.

In a statement, the IDF identified the two as Louis Har, 70, and Fernando Simon Marman, 60, from a community called Nir Yitzhak. It said the two were rescued overnight during a mission in Rafah.

Israeli Hostages Rescued Gaza
Hostages and Missing Families Forum via AP

“They are both in good medical condition and were transferred for further medical examination in Israel,” IDF said, adding that the mission was conducted alongside the Israel Security Agency and Israel Police.

Officials in Israel say roughly 136 hostages from Oct. 7 remain held by militants.

Wounded children in Rafah following strikes

Rafah Airstrike Gaza
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Somay al-Najar comforts her brother Yamen following Israeli air strikes in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip today.Smoke billows from buildings in Rafah during the early morning following strikes overnight.

A series of Israeli air strikes on the southern Gaza town of Rafah on February 12, 2024 killed 52 people, according to the Hamas-ruled territory's health ministry.
Said Khatib / AFP via Getty Images

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