Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, has declared that military forces will enter the city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip to eradicate the remaining Hamas battalions. He has stated that the civilian population must evacuate the area, but he has not provided any information on where they should relocate.
Rafah is the last refuge for hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu has emphasized that the military will continue its offensive in Rafah despite concerns from international governments and organizations regarding the humanitarian impact of such an operation. The United Nations estimates that half of Gaza’s population is concentrated in Rafah and surrounding areas, and it is also the primary entry point for humanitarian aid to the Strip.
Some of Israel’s international allies have warned of potential tragedy if Israeli soldiers enter Rafah, while countries sympathetic to the Palestinian cause have requested an urgent meeting with the UN Security Council. Nevertheless, Netanyahu remains committed to deploying military forces in Rafah, citing his war effort as part of efforts to prevent civilian casualties. He has assured that Israel’s government is working on a comprehensive plan to ensure safe passage for civilians out of the area but has not disclosed specific details about their destination.