Tue 21 May 2024 10:07 am - Jerusalem Time

UN: We are concerned about the rapid deterioration of security in Rafah

The United Nations expressed its concern about the rapid deterioration of the security situation in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, due to the intensified Israeli attacks on the city and its surrounding areas.

Middle East Peace Process Coordinator Tor Wensland said that the situation has become "increasingly hopeless and dangerous" for the residents currently besieged in Rafah as a result of the recent Israeli attacks.

He added in a statement to the UN Security Council, on Monday, that "the security situation in Rafah is rapidly deteriorating with the intensification of Israeli military operations and maneuvers in and around the city."

Wensland stated that there is no longer a safe place in Gaza due to the Israeli attacks.

He continued: "I am deeply concerned that the current course of events, including the possibility of a large-scale operation in Rafah, will further undermine efforts to increase the entry of humanitarian supplies and their safe distribution to civilians."

He also warned of the possibility of increasing regional tensions in the event of a failure to achieve a permanent ceasefire in Gaza and a large-scale military operation in Rafah.

The Israeli army continues its military operation on the city of Rafah, which it began on May 6, ignoring regional and international warnings about the repercussions of this, in light of the presence of about 1.4 million displaced people in the city, which it pushed there under the claim that it was “safe.”

This comes as part of the Israeli war on Gaza, which has been continuing for the eighth month in a row, and which has left more than 115,000 Palestinians dead and wounded, most of them children and women, and about 10,000 missing amid massive destruction and famine that has claimed the lives of children and the elderly.

Israel continues the war despite the issuance of a resolution by the UN Security Council to stop the fighting immediately, and also despite the International Court of Justice demanding immediate measures to prevent acts of genocide and improve the humanitarian situation in Gaza.


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UN: We are concerned about the rapid deterioration of security in Rafah