Offensive in Rafah – Netanyahu promises citizens a “safe corridor”.


Despite international calls and warnings of a humanitarian catastrophe, the Israeli army is now continuing its offensive in the border town of Rafah, in the far south of the Gaza Strip. Before the ground troops moved in, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised a “safe corridor” to the hundreds of thousands of civilians seeking protection there.

“We are not careless in this matter,” Netanyahu said in an interview with the American broadcaster ABC News, excerpts of which the broadcaster reported in advance on Sunday evening. The head of government further explained that “citizens can leave the area through this corridor.”

“Detailed plan” for evacuation
When asked where the more than one million Palestinians in the city bordering Egypt should go, Netanyahu said “a detailed plan” was being drawn up. According to the broadcaster, the entire interview should be broadcast on Sunday afternoon (CET).

In recent days, the US government has spoken out clearly against military action in Rafah. “We believe that a military operation at this time would be a catastrophe for these people,” said John Kirby, communications director for the National Security Council. “We would not support that.”

Egypt fears a huge flow of refugees
UN Secretary General António Guterres also warned of a humanitarian catastrophe and consequences for the entire region. Half of the Gaza Strip’s population is crammed into Rafah with nowhere else to go, he wrote on online platform

Victory is “within reach,” Netanyahu told ABC News. “We will do it. We will capture the remaining Hamas terror battalions in Rafah, the last bastion,” the prime minister predicted.

Source: Krone


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