The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has assured that civilians in Rafah will have a “safe corridor” during the evacuation process. A detailed plan is being drawn up to relocate the more than one million Palestinians living in the city.
The US government has spoken out against any military operation in Rafah, stating it would be catastrophic for the people in the area. UN Secretary-General António Guterres also warned of a humanitarian disaster and its consequences for the entire region, as half of Gaza Strip’s population is crammed into Rafah with nowhere else to go. Egypt is concerned about a rush of desperate Palestinians to the Sinai Peninsula if a massive military operation takes place.
Netanyahu has ordered the Israeli army to prepare for an offensive on Rafah, stating it is impossible to achieve victory over Hamas if four Hamas battalions remain in the city. He also stated that victory was “within reach.” The Israeli Prime Minister has assured that civilians will have a safe corridor during evacuation.
The Gaza war was triggered by a massacre carried out by terrorists from Hamas and other extremist groups in southern Israel. Israel responded with air strikes and ground operations, leading to widespread destruction and displacement of Palestinian civilians.