Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, has declared that military forces will enter the city of Rafah in Gaza Strip to eliminate the remaining Hamas battalions. In an interview with ABC, he stated that the civilian population of Rafah must vacate the area, but no details about their destination were provided.
Netanyahu made these comments despite international warnings and calls against the deployment. The United Nations estimates that half of Gaza’s inhabitants are concentrated in Rafah and surrounding areas, and various organizations have warned of the severe humanitarian impact that an offensive in this region would have.
Allies of Israel such as Germany have cautioned against entering Rafah, fearing a catastrophic tragedy if Israeli troops enter. Countries related to the Palestinian cause such as Saudi Arabia and Jordan have requested an urgent meeting of the United Nations Security Council to discuss this impending incursion.