Israel Suspends Military Operations to Facilitate Aid into Gaza

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced it will implement a daily “tactical pause of military activity” along a major road in southern Gaza to facilitate the inflow of humanitarian aid. This decision comes in response to warnings from international aid organizations about a worsening humanitarian crisis in the region.

Despite the pause, the IDF confirmed that military operations in the city of Rafah would continue. Rafah remains a focal point for Israeli forces targeting brigades of the militant Islamist group Hamas.

The IDF stated that from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM daily, military activity would be suspended along the route from the Kerem Shalom Crossing to the Salah al-Din Road, extending northward until further notice.

“This is an additional step in the humanitarian aid efforts that have been conducted by the IDF and COGAT (Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories) since the beginning of the war,” the IDF said in a statement.

The tactical pause was first implemented on Saturday, according to the IDF. The Times of Israel reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was initially unaware of the pause and contacted his military secretary for clarification. Following an inquiry, Netanyahu was informed that there was no change in IDF policy and that operations in Rafah would proceed as planned.

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