IDF forces in Gaza
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The Prime Minister's office released a statement about the next phase of the war in Gaza, in which the IDF will focus on the Hamas forces in and around the Rafah region in southern Gaza.

"It is impossible to achieve the goal of the war of eliminating Hamas by leaving four Hamas battalions in Rafah," the statement read.

"On the contrary, it is clear that intense activity in Rafah requires that civilians evacuate the areas of combat.

"Therefore, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered the IDF and the security establishment to submit to the Cabinet a combined plan for evacuating the population and destroying the battalions."