The United States “does not support the extension of the Israeli army’s military operations in the city of Rafah”, in the southern Gaza Strip, as it would represent “a disaster” for the Palestinians who are in this area, where thousands of displaced people from places previously evacuated and constantly bombed. This was stated by White House National Security spokesman John Kirby.
“More than a million Palestinians are refugees in and around Rafah. That’s where they were told to go, so there are many displaced people,” Kirby said at a press conference. “The Israeli army has a special obligation when it conducts operations, to “ensure that we take into account the protection of innocent civilians, particularly those who have been pushed south by operations further north.”
Israel has announced that it intends to expand the fight against Hamas to the Rafah area in the south of the country, an area with a high population density. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant indicated last week – and reiterated earlier this week – that the Israeli army would reach “places where they have not yet” fought, both in the center and south of the enclave. “Especially in the stronghold of the last remaining Hamas militants in Rafah.”