In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that the Israeli army will ensure “safe passage for the civilian population” in the city of Rafah, in southern Gaza, in response to the planned assault. He dismissed concerns of a potential “catastrophe,” stating that the offensive is necessary to defeat Hamas.
Netanyahu emphasized the importance of ensuring safe passage for civilians to exit the area, mentioning that a detailed plan is being developed to facilitate this process. Safe zones for civilians in areas north of Rafah that have been cleared are also being considered.
Gaza authorities have warned that an attack on Rafah could result in “tens of thousands” of casualties, and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borell has echoed 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.