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US threatens to withhold arms sales if Israel deepens Rafah offensive: Report

US officials have threatened to withhold arms transfers to Israel if it deepens its offensive on Rafah, according to Haaretz.

More details are also coming in about Israel’s efforts to give a private US firm control over the Rafah crossing.

The report says that Israel is pressing for a US security firm to take over management of the Rafah border crossing in the belief that it will address US and Egyptian concerns about the operation.

The firm would take over the duties formally done by Palestinian border officials.