according to Benyamin Netanyahu, there is no “humanitarian disaster” in Rafah, “evacuated by 500,000 people”

The Israeli army began a series of military operations on the city of Rafah on May 7, advancing inside urban areas and approaching the city center.



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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony marking Remembrance Day for fallen soldiers in Israeli wars, May 13, 2024, at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem.  (GIL COHEN-MAGEN / AFP)

The Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, estimated on Wednesday May 15 that Israel had avoided the “humanitarian disaster” feared by the international community in Rafah, where 1.4 million people are crowded in the south of the Gaza Strip, and has been the target of an Israeli military operation for a week. “At the moment, almost half a million people have evacuated the fighting zone in Rafah. The humanitarian catastrophe that has been talked about has not happened and will not happen.”assured the head of government, in a press release.

Israeli forces “fighting across the entire Gaza Strip”notably in Rafah, “while evacuating the civilian population and [en] filling [leurs] obligations to meet its humanitarian needs”, he added. The Israeli army began on May 7 from the east of the city of Rafah a series of military operations on the ground, preceded and supported by aerial bombardments, advancing inside urban areas and approaching the center. city.

Before its operations, the army urges residents of the targeted areas to evacuate, via leaflets and messages sent to cell phones. But, according to residents, bombings often follow very quickly, forcing people to flee in panic. The UN estimated on Tuesday that “nearly 450 000″ people had been displaced from eastern Rafah since Israel’s first evacuation messages on May 6, reminding that there is no “no safe place in Gaza”ravaged by war.

The land operation on Rafah, announced months ago by Israel, aroused strong opposition from international diplomacy in the face of fears of carnage among civilians. The European Union on Wednesday urged Israel to “stop immediately” its military operation under penalty of “put to the test” their relationship. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said “dismayed by the intensification of military activities” Israeli “in and around Rafah”.

Furthermore, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant assured that he would not accept Israel exercising “control” military or civilian in the Palestinian territory of the Gaza Strip once the war is over. “I repeat clearly: I will not accept the establishment of an Israeli military administration in Gaza”declared Yoav Gallant during a press briefing.

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