Israel intensifies its deadly attacks on Rafah in Gaza despite warnings from the United States and the United Nations News of the Israeli war on Gaza
US tells Israel it will not support ‘unplanned’ Rafah attack while President Biden described Gaza attacks as ‘over the top’.
Israel is intensifying its efforts Attacks on Rafah While preparing to launch a ground attack despite warnings of catastrophic consequences for displaced Palestinians and the United States saying that it will not support an attack on the southern Gaza Strip because it would be a “disaster.”
The Israeli army launched several rounds of air strikes and tank shelling on Rafah on Thursday and Friday. At least three children were among eight people killed on Friday morning Israeli attacks on homes The Palestinian News Agency “Wafa” reported in the city of Rafah. Five of the dead were members of the same family.
He said: “Our backs were to the (border) fence and we were facing the Mediterranean Sea. Where should we go?” asked Imad, a 55-year-old father of six who fled with his family to Rafah.
Four people were also killed and a number of others were injured in the bombing of a kindergarten housing displaced people in Al-Zawaida, and one person was martyred in a bombing in Deir Al-Balah in central Gaza.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other senior officials said they plan to expand their military offensive in Gaza to include Rafah, where more than half of the enclave’s 2.3 million residents have been forcibly displaced, some multiple times, as a result of ongoing repression. Israeli attacks.
The United States, Israel’s main military and financial supporter in its war on Gaza, warned against launching a large-scale attack on Rafah, warning of a “disaster” due to the large number of civilians taking shelter in the city, which Israel declared a safe city. “safe area” Where did he order them to flee?
US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Thursday that the White House “would not support” such an operation, and a State Department spokesman said there appeared to be “no planning and little thought” to such a move by Tel Aviv. Pointing out that the Rafah crossing was also a crucial entry point for humanitarian aid.
US President Joe Biden told reporters that Israel’s behavior in Gaza “went beyond limits.”
The Biden administration said it issued a memorandum setting standards that countries receiving US military aid must adhere to.
The memo does not set new guidelines but calls on the State Department to obtain written assurances from countries that they will adhere to existing US standards. For the first time, the law also requires the U.S. government to submit an annual report to Congress on whether states are meeting these requirements.
The memorandum was issued after Israel killed about 28,000 Palestinians, most of them women and children, and left most of the Gaza Strip in ruins.
In a report on Friday, The New York Times quoted unnamed senior US military intelligence officers as saying that Israel had killed only a third of Hamas fighters, meaning it was far from its stated goal of achieving “total victory” over the Palestinian group.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a post on the X website that the Israeli incursion into Rafah “will significantly increase the humanitarian nightmare that already represents untold regional consequences.”
Half of Gaza’s population is now crammed into Rafah with nowhere to go.
Reports that the IDF intends to next focus on Rafah are worrying.
Such action would dramatically worsen the humanitarian nightmare with untold regional consequences.
-Antonio Guterres (@antonioguterres) February 8, 2024
UNICEF, the organization’s agency for children, also warned that more than 600,000 children Children and their families have been displaced To Rafah, many of them more than once.
The United States, Qatar, and Egypt are mediating talks between Israel and Hamas to reach a truce, without tangible results so far.
This week, Israel rejected the conditions put forward by Hamas, which demand a halt to the fighting and the withdrawal of the Israeli army from Gaza as part of an agreement that also includes a prisoner exchange and more aid to the Strip.
Rafah lies along the Palestinian territories’ closed border with Egypt, and is also the main entry point for the limited humanitarian aid that finds its way into the Gaza Strip after passing stringent Israeli inspections. Cairo warned that any ground operation there or mass displacement of Palestinians to the Sinai Peninsula would jeopardize the peace treaty it signed with Israel four decades ago.
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