Netanyahu’s plan to attack Rafah will ethnically cleanse Palestinians - PNI

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GAZA – On Saturday, the government media office in Gaza issued a statement calling for an immediate and urgent convening of the Security Council following Israel’s threats of a possible invasion of the city of Rafah, located in the southern part of the Gaza Strip near the Egyptian border, Khaberni reported.اضافة اعلان

“We urge the UN Security Council to convene immediately and urgently to reaffirm its determination to compel the Israeli occupation to cease the genocide war it is committing against Palestinians in Gaza,” the media office stated. The statement also warned of a potential “catastrophe and massacre” that could result in tens of thousands of deaths and injuries.

The office further emphasizes that the US administration, the international community, and the Israeli occupation bear full responsibility for the situation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had previously stated that Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) would soon enter Rafah, which he described as the “last stronghold of Hamas.”.

In response, Netanyahu’s office issued instructions to the military to plan for the evacuation of civilians from Rafah while defeating Hamas. However, the statement acknowledges that it is not feasible to completely eliminate Hamas, leaving “four Hamas brigades in Rafah.”.

The last significant population center in Gaza that the IOF has not yet entered is Rafah. It serves as the main entry point for humanitarian aid, and more than half of Gaza’s population has sought refuge there. Egypt has expressed concern that any operation in Rafah or mass displacement across the border would undermine its four-decade-old peace treaty with Israel.

Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, head of the Palestinian National Initiative (PNI), warned that Netanyahu’s plan would not only lead to massacres but also widespread ethnic cleansing of Gaza’s population, constituting part of a genocide.

It is estimated that over 1.3 million people reside in Rafah, with the majority having sought refuge there from other parts of the Gaza Strip, according to the UN. The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has cautioned that the repercussions of forced evacuation of displaced Palestinians in Rafah would be severe, and the IOF bears the responsibility to protect civilians whether they are evacuated or not.

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