Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, has announced that military forces will be entering the city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip to eliminate the remaining Hamas battalions. The city of Rafah is home to hundreds of thousands of forcibly displaced Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and is their last refuge. Despite international concerns about the humanitarian impact of such an operation, Netanyahu remains committed to deploying military forces in Rafah.
The prime minister claims that part of their war effort is to prevent civilian casualties and that Hamas is using civilians to protect themselves. He has assured that the Israeli government is working on a detailed plan to ensure the safe passage of civilians out of the area, but has not provided specifics on their destination. The United Nations estimates that half of Gaza’s population is crowded in Rafah and surrounding areas, 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 Palestinian cause have requested an urgent meeting with UN Security Council. However, Netanyahu has rejected these international calls and remains committed to deploying military forces in Rafah.