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Israeli Army Goes Deeper into Rafah, Faces Heavy Resistance from Al-Qassam Brigades

The Israeli military has delved deeper into Rafah, ruthlessly bombing the southernmost city of Gaza, where more than 1.5 million people are currently displaced and living in inhumane conditions. 

Despite global condemnation, including warnings from the Israeli regime’s most staunch support and ally, the US, Israeli military have taken up even deeper positions along the southern fence on the border with Egypt, reaching the edge of the Al-Yabna neighborhood in central Rafah. 

However, the Israeli troops were barred from advancing farther into the Al-Yabna neighborhood, and were forced to face “heavy Resistance.”

Fighters from the Palestinian Resistance released a statement on Wednesday, May 22, revealing that they “targeted a Zionist Merkava tank with an Al-Yassin 105 shell in the Brazil neighborhood, southeast of the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip.” 

The Qassam Brigades further announced multiple operations against Israeli troops in Rafah that day, resulting in fierce battles between the Palestinian Resistance and the Israeli army. 

The Israeli regime commenced with its offensive in Rafah on May 7, seizing the border crossing with Egypt, indiscriminately bombing the city, which has heavily disrupted the already severely limited flow of aid into Gaza. 

The Israeli army is still facing heavy resistance in the northern Gaza Strip, especially in areas which it had previously carried out its offensive and claimed that the Palestinian Resistance had been “dismantled.”

“In a complex operation, the Mujahideen were able to ensnare a Zionist foot force of 10 soldiers in an evening ambush after targeting it with hand grenades. Immediately upon the presence of the rescue force, our mujahideen detonated a Shuath [explosive] device near it, killing and wounding members of the forces near the agricultural school north of Beit Hanoun, in the north,” the Qassam Brigades said on May 22. 

The Israeli regime’s ongoing onslaught in Gaza has now killed more than 35,500 Palestinians, mostly women and children, since October 7, 2023 and injured over 70,000 while also imposing a crippling blockade of fuel, medical and food aid, into the strip, causing a humanitarian catastrophe and pushing all of Gaza’s 2.2 million people to the brink of famine.

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