Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, has announced that military forces will be entering the city of Rafah in Gaza Strip to eliminate the remaining Hamas battalions. He has emphasized that the civilian population will have to leave the area but has not provided details on where they should go.
The city of Rafah is a crucial location for hundreds of thousands of forcibly displaced Palestinians in Gaza Strip. Netanyahu’s decision to enter Rafah with military forces has sparked concerns from international governments and organizations about its impact on humanitarian aid and civilian casualties. The United Nations estimates that half of Gaza’s population is crowded in Rafah and surrounding areas, making it a vital entry point for humanitarian aid.
Some international allies of Israel have warned Netanyahu about potential tragedy if Israeli Army enters Rafah, while countries related to Palestinian cause have requested an urgent meeting of UN Security Council. However, Netanyahu remains committed to deploying military forces in Rafah despite these international calls.
Netanyahu claims part of their war effort is to prevent civilian casualties and says Hamas uses civilians as shields to protect themselves. He assures that Israeli government is working on a detailed plan to ensure safe passage of civilians out of the area but has not provided specifics on their destination yet.