Israeli Forces Targeting Rafah Border Crossings, Gunfire Exchanged

Israel’s military forces, according to reports by Al-Arabiya that quote reporters and eyewitnesses, have begun launching artillery and air attacks by plane upon the Rafah and Kerem Abu Salem border crossings into Gaza, Palestine, close to the Egyptian border. Air attacks on neighborhoods near the area have been reported as well. Additionally reported is that IDF armored vehicles are deployed in the area around the crossings and are also targeting buildings with shells. Heavy gunfire and “violent clashes” east of Rafah are also reported by Al-Arabiya correspondents as well as Al-Qahera News who also captured video of the start of exchanges.

This is likely the beginning of an IDF offensive to capture territory so as to cut off crossings into Egypt and then begin a push northeast into Rafah.