Israel to evacuate civilians west before Rafah operation – Israeli FM

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TEL AVIV – On Sunday, Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Yisrael Katz announced that Israel has relocated over a million Palestinians from northern to southern regions and plans to further relocate them westward before commencing the operation in Rafah, Amad reported.اضافة اعلان

Katz's statement came in response to US President Joe Biden's remarks on Saturday, where Biden expressed deep concerns about civilian casualties in Gaza and criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing him of "Hurting Israel more than helping Israel." Biden also labeled the planned Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) operation in Rafah, southern Gaza, as a 'red line.'

Katz said, “The US essentially supports the goals of the war. Biden wants a plan for the evacuation of civilians from Rafah before an invasion. To us that we need to evacuate them westward. This will be carried out before the beginning of the operation and during it.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also called on Israel to prepare a plan to evacuate the civilian population from the city of Rafah in Gaza before any military operations take place there.

Notably, regional and international warnings have escalated concerning Israeli shelling on Rafah, with preparations underway to invade it on the ground. This escalation poses a significant danger to hundreds of thousands of displaced people who sought refuge in Rafah as their last resort in the far south of the Strip.

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