The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine has left many Palestinians displaced, with over 1.3 million living in Rafah, a city near the Gaza-Egypt border. These residents have been evacuated from other areas of Gaza and are now living in fear that they will have nowhere else to go if Israel enters the city.
The humanitarian situation in Gaza is dire, with essential needs such as protected spaces, food, and health not being met. Martin Griffiths, responsible for the humanitarian issue in the organization, warned that there is nowhere else to go for the citizens of Gaza and their basic needs must be provided.
The US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby has pointed out that military action would be disastrous for these people and is not something the US supports. Officials in the Biden administration have also condemned Israel’s intention to enter Rafah as a point of contention with Israel.
Opposition to Israeli action is also present in Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia and Jordan, with their foreign ministries coming out against Israel’s intention to enter Rafah and warning of dangerous consequences. The expected Israeli action in Rafah raises tension between Israel and Egypt.
Cairo has deployed measures such as installing cameras and sensors and mobilizing tanks and armored personnel carriers in northeastern Sinai to prepare for the possibility that Palestinians would try to cross into Egypt. Egypt has also sent an delegation to Tel Aviv for talks about the situation in Rafah and warned Hamas about the consequences of not reaching an agreement with Israel within two weeks.