Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has criticized calls to refrain from entering Rafah, arguing that those in favor of this stance are essentially advocating for losing the war and keeping Hamas in control. However, he did not provide any details or a timetable for a ground invasion of Rafah, Gaza’s southernmost region bordering Egypt.
In response to Netanyahu’s announcement that he had ordered defense forces to plan the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from Rafah in preparation for the ground invasion, 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.
According to official data from Israel, 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. This has led to a tense situation in the region and close monitoring by the international community.