Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has directed the military to prepare an evacuation plan for Rafah amid concerns of a potential Israeli invasion.
The town, labeled as a Hamas stronghold, is under scrutiny, leading to international criticism of Israel’s intentions. Netanyahu’s directive comes in response to global concerns over Israel’s alleged plans to invade Rafah, located in southern Gaza near Egypt’s border.
Israel views Rafah as a significant Hamas stronghold and deems it necessary to deploy troops as part of their strategy against the militant group. With around 1.5 million Palestinians seeking shelter in Rafah from conflicts across Gaza, the situation grows more precarious.
Netanyahu emphasizes the urgency of a “massive operation” in Rafah, urging security officials to devise a comprehensive plan covering civilian evacuation and military action to neutralize remaining Hamas units. The potential for a large-scale operation adds further complexity to an already tense geopolitical landscape.