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Israeli operations in north and south Gaza force displaced to flee again

JERUSALEM - Israeli forces continued to advance on the southern city of Rafah on Sunday and launched another operation against Hamas in the north, setting off a desperate scramble among war-weary civilians across Gaza. Humanitarian agencies warned that no place was safe and that essential aid had nearly run out, almost a week after Israel captured and shut down the border crossing with Egypt.

The expanding evacuations in Rafah, where Israel had ordered more than 1 million Palestinians to seek shelter from fighting early in the war, signaled a possible push into the heart of the city - a move that could prompt Washington, Israel's staunchest ally, to freeze offensive weapons shipments after months of faltering cease-fire negotiations.

"We cannot, will not support an operation in Rafah, a major military operation, in the absence of a credible plan to protect civilians, and they [Israel] still haven't delivered," Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday.


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