Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that the Israeli army will ensure safe passage for civilians in the city of Rafah, in southern Gaza, as part of the planned assault on the area. He emphasized that victory is within reach and that a detailed plan is being developed to facilitate this process, including the establishment of safe zones for civilians in areas north of Rafah that have been cleared.
Meanwhile, Gaza authorities have warned that an attack on Rafah could result in “tens of thousands” of casualties, and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borell has echoed concerns about 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.
Netanyahu dismissed concerns about a potential “catastrophe” stating that the offensive is necessary to defeat Hamas. The situation 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.