Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel has criticized calls to not enter Rafah, stating that those in favor of this stance are essentially advocating for losing the war and keeping Hamas in control. He did not provide details or a timetable for a ground invasion of Rafah, Gaza’s southernmost region bordering Egypt.
Netanyahu announced that he had ordered defense forces to plan the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from Rafah in preparation for the ground invasion. However, a number of countries in the Middle East and Europe, led by the EU leadership, warned about the disastrous consequences of Israel’s attack on Rafah.
Official data from Israel indicates that at least 1,200 people have been killed and another 6,900 injured since October 7. In Gaza, controlled by Hamas, at least 28,064 people have been killed and 67,611 injured in the same time frame.
Israel has been accused of committing war crimes by human rights organizations around the world due to its actions in Gaza. Many have called for an immediate ceasefire and an end to military operations in the region. The situation remains tense and the international community is closely monitoring the events in this region.