Josep Borrell: “The number of people killed, the number of civilians killed is unbearable” – Joe Biden: “F@@@Ms Netanyahu”
International reactions to Israel’s threatened military operation in Rafah are intensewith analysts to warn of untold destruction. Over 1.3 million Palestinians they live today in the city located on the border with Egypt, according to the United Nations, The vast majority of these people are civilians who fled the conflicts that have been raging for four months between Israel and Hamas. Benjamin Netanyahu ordered on Wednesday that plans be drawn up for a ground operation.
Israel conducted Israeli night operations in Rafah freeing two hostages and killing 100 Palestinians.
The High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell stated that extremely concerned about Netanyahu’s threats to launch attacks on the citycharacteristically saying that “even in the USA, which is the strongest supporter of Israel, President Biden himself considers that this action is disproportionate.”
“The number of people killed, civilians that were killed is unbearable” he said, revealing that US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken was “begging” Netanyahu “to stop killing civilians.”
“If they launch an attack against a densely populated area with more than 1.7 million people, they will hit a wall, they can’t escape” he stated.
“The situation with Egypt is very tense and we’re extremely concerned about what might happen there.” he also warned.
The EU’s top diplomat said that the UN agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) must be able to continue its work providing humanitarian aid to the people in Gaza.
British Foreign Secretary David Cameron also stated that the UK is very concerned about the situation in Rafaand called Israel “to stop and think seriously” before taking further action.
“It is impossible to see how you can make a war between these peoplereferring to civilians in Gaza, “There’s nowhere for them to go,” Cameron told reporters during a visit to Scotland.
“Above all, what we want is an immediate cessation of fighting – we want this pause to lead to a ceasefire, a sustainable truce without a return to further fighting”he added.
The UK has sanctioned four Israeli nationals for “threatened and committed acts of aggression and violence” against the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
Two of the individuals targeted by British sanctions “in recent months have used physical assault, threatened families at gunpoint and destroyed property as part of a targeted and calculated effort to displace Palestinian communities,” London said.
“We should be clear about what is happening here. Extremist Israeli settlers threaten Palestiniansoften at gunpoint, and force them to leave the land that is rightfully theirs”Cameron pointed out.
For its part, Egypt has warned Israel that “will review and downgrade diplomatic relations” in case Tel Aviv goes ahead with its plan to invade Rafah, Saudi Al-Arabiya TV channel reported citing unnamed sources.
US President Joe Biden expressed his disappointment on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reluctance to change military tactics in Gaza and pursue peace, suggesting that tension between the two longtime allies may be reaching its zenith, according to five sources familiar with Biden’s private comments.
Biden in recent weeks in private discussions about Netanyahua leader he has known for decades, spoke with a candor that surprised some on the receiving end of his comments, the sources said.
His descriptions of his dealings with Netanyahu are peppered with disparaging references to Netanyahu such as “that guy.” And in at least three recent cases, biden called netanyahu a “m@@@” according to three of the people with direct knowledge of his comments, NBC reported.
📍#Gaza Rafah is one of the most densely populated places on earth. Families have been displaced many times.
There is panic & desperation as 1.4 million people try to survive, try to get food & water – at the same time fearing for their lives due to continued military operation. pic.twitter.com/BjXeEiAjLz
— UNRWA (@UNRWA) February 12, 2024
Nabil Abu Rudayneh, a spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, called on the international community to halt the advance of the Israeli ground offensive in southern Gaza, saying “the US government must not remain hostage to Israeli politicians.”
The Palestinian official criticized the Israeli prime minister’s comments to ABC News, in which he claimed Israel would provide safe passage for civilians to leave Rafah.
Netanyahu’s statements it is “pure nonsense” and “deceiving the world”, Abu Rudayneh said, “because there is no safe place in the Gaza Strip anymore and civilians cannot return to their homes in the center and north of the Strip because of the ongoing shelling.”
“The region is at a crossroads, and the continuation of the war against the Palestinian people will lead to its regional expansion,” he warned.
World Health Organisation
Meanwhile, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, reiterated his call for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Speaking at the 2024 World Government Summit in Dubai, Ghebreyesus expressed his concern for the inadequacy of the medical supplies provided so far, stressing that the aid provided to Gaza is “a drop in the ocean of need that continues to grow daily.”
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