Netanyahu sets deadline for IDF to operate in Rafah: Report

Rafah: A City on the Brink of Displacement as Tensions Rise between Israel and Egypt

The city of Rafah in Gaza is currently home to over 1.3 million Palestinians who were evacuated from other areas of the region, according to UN estimates. Residents of Rafah have expressed fear that if Israel enters the city, which is located near the Gaza-Egypt border, they will have nowhere else to go.

Martin Griffiths, responsible for humanitarian issues at the organization, has warned that there are no other options for the citizens of Gaza and their essential needs such as food, health care and protected spaces must be met.

The Wall Street Journal reported that officials in the Biden administration have raised concerns about Israeli action in Rafah as a point of contention with Israel. US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said that any military action would be disastrous for these people and is not something the US supports.

Opposition to Israeli action was also present among Arab countries. The Saudi Foreign Ministry condemned Israel’s intention to enter Rafah and warned of dangerous consequences if an immediate ceasefire was not implemented. The Jordanian Foreign Ministry also condemned the displacement of Palestinians and called for an immediate end to the war in Gaza Strip.

The expected Israeli action in Rafah raises tensions between Israel and Egypt. Cairo has made it clear that any action taken without coordination will seriously damage relations between the countries. To prepare for this possibility, Egypt has deployed measures such as installing cameras and sensors, mobilizing tanks and armored personnel carriers in northeastern Sinai and sent a delegation to Tel Aviv for talks about the situation in Rafah. They also warned Hamas about the consequences of not reaching an agreement with Israel within two weeks.

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