Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel has criticized calls to not enter Rafah, stating that those in favor of this stance are essentially advocating for losing the war and keeping Hamas in control. However, he did not provide details or a timetable for a ground invasion of Rafah, Gaza’s southernmost region bordering Egypt.
Israeli official data indicates that at least 1,200 people have been killed and another 6,900 injured since October 7 in Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas. This includes at least 28,064 people who have been killed and 67,611 who have been injured.
Netanyahu announced that he had ordered defense forces to plan the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from Rafah in preparation for the ground invasion. However, a number of countries in the Middle East and Europe, led by the EU leadership, warned about the disastrous consequences of Israel’s attack on Rafah.
Overall, the situation remains tense and the international community is closely monitoring the events in this region.