Israeli Airstrikes Kill 31 in Rafah, Saudi Arabia Warns of Humanitarian Catastrophe | World News

Feb 10, 2024



Refa (Gaza Strip): Israeli air strikes At least 31 killed Palestinians – a third of them children – in the southern Gaza In the city of Rafah on Saturday, Israel's prime minister said he had asked the army to make plans to evacuate hundreds of thousands of people before a ground attack. Benjamin Netanyahu did not give details or a timeline, but the announcement caused widespread panic. More than half of Gaza's 2.3 million people are packed into Rafah, many of whom have been uprooted by Israeli evacuation orders, which now cover two-thirds of Gaza's territory. It is unclear where they might run next.
Saudi Arabia said on Saturday Israel's planned military action in crowded Rafah would cause a “humanitarian catastrophe” and called on the UN Security Council to intervene. In a Foreign Ministry statement carried by state media, the kingdom warned of “the extremely dangerous consequences of the attack on and targeting of Rafah and reaffirmed its unequivocal rejection and strong condemnation of his forced exile”.
Israel says Rafah, near the border with Egypt, is the Hamas militant group's last remaining stronghold in Gaza following more than four months of war following an Oct. 7 Hamas attack.
In Egypt's first public response to Netanyahu's announcement, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry warned that any Israeli ground attack on Rafah would have “devastating consequences”, and stressed that Israel's goal is to ultimately expel Palestinians from their land. .



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