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Israel’s Attack In Rafah Condemned By World Leaders As Nearly 50,000 People Are Forced To Evacuate

After Israel’s war cabinet voted for an “operation in Rafah,” IDF sent huge tanks to the southern Gaza City aiming to carry out an offensive. It started with airstrikes that the refugees in Rafah described as artillery shelling going on all night, forcing nearly 50,000 people out of the city only within the first 48 hours of the operation.

Amid the recent ceasefire discussion with Hamas, Israel’s Prime Minister unexpectedly declared, “ The war council unanimously decided that Israel continue the operation in Rafah to exert military pressure on Hamas.” Since the open declaration, the US has stopped the shipment of bombs into Israel, as the White House has previously warned its ally.

According to the UN’s agency for Palestinian refugees, nearly 50,000 people have left Rafah within the first 48 hours. “We tracked roughly 50,000 people departing Rafah in the last 48 hours. We have seen them go to Kahn Younis, some have gone to the expanded humanitarian area of Al-Mawasi, others have gone to Deir Al-Balah,” The statement also says that Palestinians' next shelter of choice, both Al-Mawasi and Deir Al-Balah have no sewage or water infrastructure. No roads also lead to those areas, making it even harder for aid trucks to distribute humanitarian supplies.

Australian Foreign Affairs Minister commented on the air strikes in Rafah, “Australia has been clear about our objections to a major Israeli ground offensive into Rafah, and we have reiterated this to Israel again today. The impacts on Palestinian civilians from an expanded military operation would be devastating.”

The only functional field hospitals are preparing to shut down after the IDF ordered an evacuation. “We have begun to discharge patients at Rafah Indonesian Field Hospital, those who can walk, as we also prepare for a possible evacuation,” the hospital stated.

Within the first 24 hours of the air strike, around 35 dead bodies, including 9 children, were brought to the field hospitals, according to hospital staff. The number will increase exponentially in the coming days as only working medical facilities will be forced to leave.

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