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The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed on the morning of 7 May that its tanks and ground troops are now in control of the Gazan side of Rafah Crossing. Israel’s decision to invade the Palestinian side of Rafah effectively shuts down the crossing and prevents any urgent humanitarian aid from entering the city. A separate IDF operation also resulted in Israel exercising control over Salah Al-Din Road, a significant road leading up to the crossing bordering Egypt. Israel’s military offensive…