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Israeli Assault on Rafah: How Safe Are Civilians, and What Does This Mean for Peace in Gaza?


Feb 11, 2024
Netanyahu pledges a safe passage for civilians in Rafah amid repeated night bombings

Rafah, a city in southern Gaza, is currently facing an imminent threat of military action. According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli army will ensure “safe passage for the civilian population” in the event of an assault on the city. Netanyahu dismissed concerns about a potential “catastrophe,” stating that the offensive is necessary to defeat Hamas.

In his interview with ABC News, Netanyahu emphasized that victory was within reach and that remaining Hamas battalions in Rafah would be eliminated. He also stated that a detailed plan was being developed to facilitate the safe exit of civilians from the area. Additionally, safe zones for civilians in areas north of Rafah that have been cleared are being considered.

However, Gaza authorities have warned that an attack on Rafah could result in “tens of thousands” of casualties. EU foreign policy chief Josep Borell has echoed these concerns, expressing fear of a potential humanitarian catastrophe. Al Jazeera reported that 25 people died in an Israeli attack east of Rafah, with additional individuals being injured and a building being hit.

The situation in Rafah has sparked significant international alarm, with many expressing concerns about the potential impact on civilians. The Israeli government’s assurance of safe passage for civilians is being closely monitored as the planned assault on Rafah unfolds.

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