In response to recent developments, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has declared that military forces will be entering the city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip in an effort to eliminate the remaining Hamas battalions. The prime minister has emphasized that the civilian population must leave the area but has not disclosed any details on where they should go.
The city of Rafah is a critical location for thousands of displaced Palestinians in Gaza. The United Nations estimates that half of Gaza’s population is living in Rafah and its surrounding areas. It is also the main entry point for humanitarian aid into the Strip. Despite international concerns about the humanitarian impact of such an operation, Netanyahu remains committed to deploying military forces in Rafah.
Some international allies have warned against the potential tragedy that could occur if Israeli forces enter Rafah, while countries supporting Palestinian rights have called for an emergency meeting with the UN Security Council. However, Netanyahu has rejected these calls and continues with his plans to deploy military forces in Rafah.
The prime minister has stated that part of their military effort is to prevent civilian casualties and that Hamas uses civilians as a shield to protect themselves. He has assured that the government is working on a detailed plan to ensure safe passage for civilians out of the area but has not provided any specifics regarding their destination.