A prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has said that he is "deeply concerned" by the situation in Rafah. Karim Khan also reiterated that the ICC was "actively investigating any alleged crimes committed" in Gaza.
His comments come after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said four Hamas battalions were in Rafah. He said Israel cannot achieve its goal of eliminating the militants as long as they remain there.
Khan also called for the immediate release of all hostages held by Hamas, adding that this "also represents an important focus of our investigations." Israel is not a member of the Hague-based court and does not recognize its jurisdiction.
But Mr Khan stressed in October that his court had jurisdiction over any potential war crimes committed by Hamas in Israel and by Israelis in Gaza.