Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, has declared that military forces will be entering the city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip to eliminate the remaining Hamas battalions. He stated that civilians must leave the area but did not specify where they should go.
Rafah is the last refuge for hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Despite concerns from international governments and organizations about the humanitarian impact of such an operation, Netanyahu has emphasized that the military will continue its offensive in Rafah. The United Nations estimates that half of Gaza’s population is crowded into Rafah and its surrounding areas, and it is also the main entry point for humanitarian aid to the Strip.
Some international allies of Israel have warned of potential tragedy if Israeli troops enter Rafah, while countries related to the Palestinian cause have called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council. However, Netanyahu has rejected these calls and remains committed to deploying military forces in Rafah.
The prime minister claims that part of their war effort is to prevent civilian casualties and that Hamas is using civilians as a shield. He has assured that they are working on a detailed plan to ensure safe passage for civilians out of the area but has not provided specific details on their destination.