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Israel is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. It is in conflict with Palestine and considered an occupying force practising numerous war crimes. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem. Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Israel’s financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for its Bauhaus architecture and beaches.

Prime Minister: Benjamin Netanyahu

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Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu has confirmed he has set a date for a military offensive into Rafah, despite concerns that it will lead to even more civilian deaths. The southern city of Rafah is currently home to more than a million Palestinians who are sheltering there after being forced to flee. Roughly 1.5 million civilians are sheltering in tents and overcrowded camps.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guards report that seven officers have lost their lives in an Israeli airstrike targeting the Iranian consulate building in Damascus, the capital of Syria. Among the deceased are Brig-Gen Mohammad Reza Zahedi, a high-ranking commander of the elite Quds Force, and Brig-Gen Mohammad Hadi Haji-Rahimi, his deputy.

Israel rescued two male hostages in a raid in Rafah amid reports of Israeli airstrikes hit the southern Gazan city of Rafah. 

The Israeli military confirms the men are in “good medical condition.” The international community – including the UK –  had warned about Israel’s planned offensive in Rafah. 

Earlier, the Palestine Red Crescent Society said Rafah was under attack, with a number of deaths reported. 1.5 million people are sheltering in the southern city.