Israel begins evacuation of thousands of people in Rafah – DW – 05/06/2024

Israel begins evacuation of thousands of people in Rafah – DW – 05/06/2024
Israel begins evacuation of thousands of people in Rafah – DW – 05/06/2024

This Monday (05/06/2023) the Israeli army began to evacuate around 100,000 people from the east of Rafah, a city in the south of the Gaza Strip against which it has been preparing a ground invasion for weeks.

“This morning (…) we began a limited scope operation to temporarily evacuate residents in the eastern part of Rafah,” a military spokesman said in an online press conference. “This is a limited scope operation,” he added.

Previously, the army had urged residents of eastern Rafah to leave the city for other areas of the Palestinian territory.

In its statement, the army declared that it had “expanded the humanitarian zone to Al Mawasi”, a city located on the coast about 10 kilometers from Rafah.

In Al Mawasi, “field hospitals, tents and a growing volume of food, water, medicine and other items” were set up, he said.

Most of the residents of Rafah are displaced people who fled fighting in other areas of the Gaza Strip due to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian terrorist movement Hamas, which governs this territory.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 1.2 million people live in Rafah.

rr (afp/reuters/ap)

 
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