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. He has stated that the civilian population will have to leave the area, but has not provided details on where they should go.
The city of Rafah is a critical area for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as it is their last refuge. 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. Despite concerns from international governments and organizations about the humanitarian impact of such an operation, Netanyahu remains committed to deploying military forces in Rafah.
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 of UN Security Council. However, Netanyahu has rejected these international calls and claimed that part of their war effort is to prevent civilian casualties. He has assured that Israeli government is working on a detailed plan to ensure safe passage of civilians out of area but has not provided specifics on their destination yet.