Fri 17 May 2024 4:25 pm - Jerusalem Time

Israel sends more troops to Rafah amid warnings of famine in Gaza

The New York Times indicated in a report on Friday that Israel will send more occupation army forces to the besieged city of Rafah, located in the far south of the Gaza Strip, which has become the focal point in the war that Israel is waging against Gaza.

The report indicates that this announcement indicates that Israel intends to penetrate deeper into Rafah despite international concerns about the threat posed to civilians as a result of a large-scale invasion of the city, where more than a million displaced people have taken refuge.

“Hundreds of targets have already been attacked” and “this operation will continue,” Yoav Galant, Israel’s Defense Minister, said after meeting with military commanders in the Rafah area.

Over the past week, Israel has described its offensive as a limited military operation, but satellite images and Gallant's comments on Thursday suggest a more significant incursion is already underway.

Rafah is the most important logistical center in the Gaza Strip, and the crucial gateway for most food, medicine and other aid entering the enclave, which has a population of 2.2 million people. The fighting closed a border crossing between Rafah and Egypt and, for a period, greatly reduced traffic at the crossing between Rafah and Israel at Kerem Shalom.

The United Nations World Food Program warned this week that "the threat of famine in Gaza has never loomed large."

As Israel pushes deeper into Rafah, and renewed Israeli air strikes and fighting in northern Gaza suffer mass destruction, causing hundreds of thousands more civilians to flee, questions arise about where the displaced from Gaza will go and how food, medicine and other basic necessities will enter and be distributed. Throughout Gaza it is becoming increasingly important.

The administration of US President Joe Biden has long warned Israel that the invasion of Rafah is a red line, but the administration's actions and its actual position on the ongoing invasion of Rafah in recent days show that the US administration is turning a blind eye to its warnings regarding Rafah.


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Israel sends more troops to Rafah amid warnings of famine in Gaza