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An organization calling on Israel not to attack Rafah

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An organization calling on Israel not to attack Rafah

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, on Saturday called on Israel to refrain from launching an attack on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip “in the name of humanity.”

Ghebreyesus wrote on the “X” website: “I am deeply concerned about reports of an Israeli plan to launch a ground attack on Rafah. A new escalation of violence in this crowded area will lead to more deaths and suffering.”

The Director-General of the World Health Organization added: “In the name of humanity, we call on Israel not to move forward with its plan and seek peace,” considering that the evacuation process that the Israeli army intends to carry out before the attack is not a possible solution.

The UN official explained, “The 1.2 million residents of Rafah have no safe place to go, nor fully functioning and safe health facilities that they can access anywhere else in Gaza.”

He continued, “Many people are physically weak, hungry and sick to the point that they cannot be displaced again.”

Israel announced on Friday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had approved the army’s “action plans” to launch an attack in Rafah, the area adjacent to the closed border with Egypt and where a large number of civilians took refuge to escape the Israeli attack in the north, center and south of the Strip.

This operation, which the United States and the United Nations are still warning about, may be launched in the absence of a truce agreement or after a possible cessation of fighting for a period of six weeks.

Netanyahu pledged to continue the war that began after the unprecedented attack carried out by Hamas on October 7, until the movement is eliminated.

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The attack led to the deaths of at least 1,160 people in Israel, most of them civilians, according to an Agence France-Presse count based on official Israeli sources.

In response to the attack, Israel continues to launch a military operation that has so far left 31,553 people dead in the Gaza Strip, most of them civilians, according to the Hamas Ministry of Health.

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