In the Gaza Strip, the city of Rafah is the last refuge for thousands of displaced Palestinians. Despite concerns from international governments and organizations about the humanitarian impact of such an operation, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that military forces will be entering Rafah to eliminate the remaining Hamas battalions. The prime minister has emphasized that the military will continue their offensive in Rafah, regardless of any opposition or warnings from international allies or countries related to the Palestinian cause.
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. Some international allies have warned of the potential tragedy that could occur in the city if Israeli forces enter, but Netanyahu remains committed to his decision.
Netanyahu has claimed that part of their war effort is to prevent civilian casualties and has assured that they are working on a detailed plan to ensure the safe passage of civilians out of the area. However, he has not provided specifics on their destination, leaving many Palestinians uncertain about their future.