Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, has announced that the Israeli army will ensure safe passage for civilians in Rafah, a city in southern Gaza, before launching an assault. He stated that this is necessary to defeat Hamas and that victory is within reach.
According to Netanyahu, there are plans being developed to facilitate the safe passage of civilians out of Rafah. He also mentioned that safe zones for civilians north of Rafah would be considered once all Hamas battalions have been taken out.
However, Gaza authorities have warned that an attack on Rafah could result in “tens of thousands” of casualties. Josep Borell, the EU foreign policy chief, has echoed these concerns about a potential humanitarian catastrophe. Al Jazeera reported that 25 people died in an Israeli attack east of Rafah, with additional individuals being injured and a building being hit.
The situation in Rafah has sparked significant international alarm, with many expressing concerns about the potential impact on civilians. The Israeli government’s assurance of safe passage for civilians is being closely monitored as the planned assault on Rafah unfolds.