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How will IDF's invasion of Rafah will play out - and what will Hamas do?

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The IDF's invasion of Rafah is causing concerns for Egypt and the West, as they fear the penetration of Palestinians into their borders and the potential loss of civilian lives. The IDF plans to move the civilian population to three main options: Al-Mawasi, Khan Yunis, and central Gaza. Each option has its drawbacks and risks. If the IDF invades Rafah and successfully moves the civilian population, the invasion will likely resemble the battle of Khan Yunis, with the IDF dividing Rafah into sectors and moving the population in rounds. Taking control of Khan Yunis took around nine weeks, and Rafah could take a similar time or longer. The hope is that the threat of invading Rafah will lead Hamas to cut a more reasonable deal.

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