In the midst of escalating tensions, the Israeli militant has announced its intentions to launch a ground offensive in Rafah, a city now providing refuge for approximately 1.4 million displaced Palestinians who see it as their last sanctuary in Gaza. The prospect of this planned offensive has sparked widespread concerns about the potential for a humanitarian crisis to unfold within the city.
Expressing deep apprehension, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry condemned the targeting of Rafah, alongside the militant Israel’s ongoing obstruction of humanitarian aid access, as contributing to the displacement and undermining of the Palestinian cause.
Egypt vehemently opposed the Israeli stance, cautioning that the intended assault could lead to grave consequences, particularly exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip. The ministry urged for unified international and regional efforts to avert the looming attack on Rafah.
Israeli militant leaders, as reported by the Israeli public broadcaster KAN, have given the green light for a ground offensive in Rafah, intensifying anxieties about the unfolding situation. Adding to the international chorus of concern, the White House issued a stern warning, labelling an Israeli offensive in Rafah as nothing short of disastrous for the Palestinian population.
The toll of Israel’s ongoing aggression in Gaza is staggering, with Gaza’s Ministry of Health reporting a devastating loss of life. Since the commencement of Israel’s actions on October 7, the conflict has claimed the lives of 28,340 Palestinians, leaving another 67,984 wounded. Tragically, at least 8,000 individuals remain unaccounted for, presumed to have perished beneath the rubble of their demolished homes across the Strip.
The indiscriminate nature of the violence has led to an overwhelming majority of casualties being women and children, according to reports from Palestinian and international humanitarian organizations.
Furthermore, the militant’s aggression has forcibly displaced nearly two million people from all corners of the Gaza Strip, with the bulk of those uprooted seeking shelter in the densely populated southern city of Rafah, situated near the border with Egypt. This mass displacement represents the largest exodus Palestine has witnessed since the Nakba of 1948, underscoring the severity and scale of the crisis gripping the region.
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