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Benjamin Netanyahu affirmed this Sunday, February 11 that the Israeli military would supply “safe passage” to civilians earlier than the IDF offensive on Rafah. The inhabitants of this city on the Egyptian border has elevated greater than fivefold since October 7. More than 1.3 million Palestinians have taken refuge there.

While the European Union factors to the chance of an “indescribable humanitarian catastrophe” and the United States has talked about the potential for a “disaster”, the Israeli chief evoked a primary state of affairs for the safety of civilian populations.

Secure areas to exfiltrate the inhabitants?

“Victory is within reach. We are going to do it. We are going to take the last terrorist battalions of Hamas and Rafah, which is the last stronghold,” Netanyahu informed ABC News. “We will do it (…) while ensuring safe passage for the civilian population so that they can leave the premises,” he added.

“We are developing a detailed system to achieve this” and “we are not approaching this casually,” he mentioned. Without going into particulars, the Israeli Prime Minister indicated that areas had been “cleared” and that they may very well be made protected for civilians.

Biden requires a “credible and achievable plan”

But this Sunday once more, the worldwide group sought to dissuade Benjamin Netanyahu from enterprise his offensive. Joe Biden urged the Israeli Prime Minister to not launch a army operation in Rafah, within the Gaza Strip, “without a credible and feasible plan” to guard the inhabitants.

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Hamas, for its half, warned “against a catastrophe and a massacre which could result in tens of thousands” of deaths and warned that the Israeli army offensive towards Rafah would destroy the hopes of liberating the hostages held within the Palestinian territory. .

An “unjustifiable” operation in keeping with Paris

Deeply involved, France “reiterated” its name “for an end to the fighting” after Israeli strikes in town of Rafah. In a press launch launched on Sunday February 11, the Quai d'Orsay judged {that a} “large-scale Israeli offensive in Rafah would create a catastrophic humanitarian situation”, even contemplating that such a army operation could be “unjustifiable”.

Furthermore, Paris as soon as once more acknowledged its place in favor of a two-state resolution: “The future of the Gaza Strip and its inhabitants can only be part of a Palestinian state living in peace and security. alongside Israel.”