In a recent announcement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed that military forces will be entering the city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip to eliminate the remaining Hamas battalions. Despite concerns from international governments and organizations about the humanitarian impact of such an operation, Netanyahu has stated that the civilian population must leave the area.
Rafah is the last refuge for hundreds of thousands of forcibly displaced Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and it is also the main entry point for humanitarian aid to the Strip. Some international allies of Israel have warned of potential tragedy if Israeli Army enters Rafah, while countries related to the Palestinian cause have called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council. However, Netanyahu remains committed to deploying military forces in Rafah, citing part of their war effort as preventing civilian casualties.
The prime minister has assured that he is working on a detailed plan to ensure safe passage for civilians out of Rafah, but has not provided specifics on their destination. The United Nations estimates that half of Gaza’s population is crowded into Rafah and surrounding areas, and it is important to ensure their safety during this time of conflict. As such, Netanyahu’s decision to enter Rafah raises concerns about its impact on both Israelis and Palestinians alike.