UN urges ceasefire amid 'Israeli' threats of Rafah ground invasion


Published: 2024-02-08 09:29

Last Updated: 2024-04-16 17:51

UN urges ceasefire amid 'Israeli' threats of Rafah ground invasion
UN urges ceasefire amid 'Israeli' threats of Rafah ground invasion

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, warned of the regional implications of any ground attack by the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Rafah, calling for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza.

This warning followed Israeli Occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hint at invading Rafah, instructing the occupation army to prepare for operations in the city, adjacent to the Egyptian border south of the Gaza Strip.

Additionally, the Israeli Occupation Defense Minister, Yoav Gallant, threatened to invade Rafah, where 1.4 million Palestinians from various areas of the Gaza Strip have sought refuge, amidst ongoing bombing.

Netanyahu emphasized in a press conference that he informed US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that victory over Hamas "will have repercussions in the Middle East" and that "surrendering to Hamas's conditions will bring disaster to Tel Aviv."

Martin Griffiths, the United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs, highlighted the dire living conditions in Rafah, citing a lack of basic necessities and the prevalence of hunger, disease, and death. Guterres stressed that this "attack will greatly exacerbate" the existing humanitarian crisis.

Meanwhile, Israeli Occupation aircraft conducted a series of intense airstrikes and fiery assaults north of the city of Rafah in southern Gaza Strip.