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Germany's foreign minister to visit Israel next week, urge pause in fighting

Germany's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will travel to Israel next week to urge a ceasefire as Israel prepares to advance on Rafah, the last Hamas stronghold in Gaza. Baerbock expressed concern about the distress in Rafah and the potential humanitarian catastrophe if the Israeli army launches an offensive. She emphasized the need for Israel to defend itself against Hamas terror while also alleviating the suffering of civilians. Baerbock plans to discuss ways to achieve a pause in fighting and the release of hostages during her visit to Israel.

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