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Biden Urges Netanyahu to Ensure ‘Credible’ Safety Measures Before Rafah Operation

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In a significant conversation on Sunday, U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, emphasising the importance of ensuring the safety of over one million people in Rafah ahead of any potential Israeli military operations there. This discussion comes in the wake of heightened tensions following Israel’s military responses to the attack by Hamas on 7 October, which Biden previously characterised as “over the top.

The dialogue marks the first engagement between the two leaders since Biden’s critical remarks, underlining the U.S.’s concern for civilian safety in conflict zones and the importance of a measured and well-planned military strategy in addressing security challenges.

The situation described involves a complex and profoundly concerning scenario in the Gaza Strip, specifically in Rafah, a region near the border with Egypt. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the situation:

Humanitarian Concerns

Population Displacement:  Rafah has become a refuge for about 1.3 million Palestinians, more than half of Gaza’s population, fleeing conflict zones within the area. This massive displacement underscores the dire humanitarian situation, with overcrowded conditions and limited access to essential resources.

Starvation Risk: The United Nations has highlighted that a significant portion of the displaced population in Rafah, about a quarter, is facing starvation. This indicates severe food shortages and other critical supplies, exacerbated by the ongoing conflict and blockades that limit humanitarian aid.

Military Operations and International Warnings

Biden Warning

U.S. President Joe Biden, in conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has expressed concern over the planning and execution of any Israeli military ground offensive in Rafah. Biden’s warning reflects worries about potential civilian casualties and the broader humanitarian impact.

United Nations Alarm: Officials from the United Nations have also voiced stark warnings, suggesting that a ground offensive in Rafah could result in a “bloodbath.” This term points to the high risk of extensive loss of life and further suffering among the already vulnerable civilian population.
Israeli Military Actions Despite these international warnings, the Israeli military has signalled its determination to proceed with a ground offensive in Rafah. Aerial bombardments by Israel in the area have already resulted in casualties, escalating the humanitarian crisis.

 Netanyahu’s Stance and International Concerns

Netanyahu’s Position: Prime Minister Netanyahu has acknowledged the plan to move forward with a ground campaign in Rafah but has indicated that plans are still being finalised. His remarks suggest an attempt to balance military objectives with the need to address international concerns regarding civilian safety.
– *Safety and Evacuation Challenges*: A critical issue is the uncertainty surrounding where the large displaced population in Rafah could be safely relocated to avoid the dangers of a ground offensive. The logistics of moving such a significant number of people away from conflict areas pose a daunting challenge, both in terms of coordination and in finding suitable locations that can safely accommodate them.

The unfolding situation in Rafah highlights the intricate balance between military objectives, international diplomacy, and humanitarian imperatives. The warnings from President Biden and the United Nations reflect the international community’s grave concerns over the potential for widespread casualties and a deepening humanitarian crisis. The emphasis on a “credible and executable plan” for ensuring civilian safety underscores the urgent need for careful consideration and planning in any military operation to prevent further worsening of the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza.

News Shot 24
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