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Israel says one million civilians have already fled Rafah to humanitarian zones

Army Spokesperson IsraelRear Admiral Daniel Hagari said this Thursday in a statement that around a million people have already fled Rafah, in the extreme south of the Gaza stripwhere its troops have operated “with care and precision” since May 6th.

“We are protecting civilians in Rafah from becoming human shields for (Palestinian Islamist group) Hamas, and we are encouraging them to temporarily evacuate to humanitarian zones to stay out of danger,” Hagari said.

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Of that million, at least 800 thousand people arrived in the coastal area of Al Mawasi, identified as a ‘humanitarian zone’ by the Israeli Army, which was already full of people displaced from other parts of the enclave, and where there is also no drinking water or electricity, as reported today by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in a communicated.

“People have no choice but to put their faith in the so-called ‘humanitarian safe zones’ designated by the forces that killed their family members and destroyed their homes,” lamented Suze van Meegen, head of operations at the Norwegian Refugee Council. (NRC).

Van Meegen also regretted that at least 50 trucks remain detained at the Egyptian border after the crossing was closed. RafaTherefore, the inhabitants of Gaza cannot receive tents, medicines, sanitary towels and other basic products of which, he guarantees, “they are being deprived”, as well as the essential fuel for the operation of hospitals.

“Hamas has been holding our hostages captive Rafa, which is why our forces are maneuvering in this area. We must continue to do everything possible to bring all our hostages home and ensure a lasting defeat Hamas”, stated Hagari.

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In this sense, the Israeli Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant, reiterated today that they are already expanding their forces in Rafaa city on the border with Egypt, and that they will continue to do so to “deliver a blow to Hamas” that will allow them to create the conditions to save the hostages.

“This operation will continue and increase: more forces on the ground, more forces in the air, and we will achieve our objectives,” he stated. gallant aboard a patrol boat off the coast of Gaza, where he carried out an assessment of the situation.

Source: Elcomercio

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