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Gaza: Threat of ground invasion looms over Rafah

Meanwhile, intense Israeli bombardment persists across Gaza, resulting in further civilian casualties and infrastructure damage. Earlier this week, the World Food Programme (WFP) expressed concern that further displacement from the densely packed city on the Egyptian border could exacerbate the plight of those seeking refuge there. Israeli military casualties stand at 230 soldiers killed and 1,352 injured since the start of ground operations, with over 1,200 Israelis and foreign nationals killed during attacks on Israel, mainly during the Hamas-led massacre of October 7. The latest situation update from OCHA, the UN’s humanitarian aid agency, highlights “population movements” away from the southern border city toward Deir al Balah and An Nuseirat Refugee Camp.

Rafah situation dire

He called for humanitarian access and the safeguarding of hospitals by all combatants, stressing that they must remain safe for civilians.Some 134 individuals remain captive in Gaza, according to Israeli authorities.In a tweet on Wednesday, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization (WHO), expressed alarm over the increasingly dire situation at the hospital. The city is now home to around 1.5 million Gazans displaced by conflict. The Israeli military confirmed on Thursday in a tweet that its special forces had conducted what they called a “precise and limited operation” inside the Nasser hospital in southern Gaza, the largest functioning health facility in the region.The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports a death toll of at least 28,576 Palestinians and 68,291 injured since October 7, 2023. Between February 13 and 14, 103 Palestinians were killed and 145 injured.While WFP continues to provide aid to Gazans in Rafah, organisations such as Action Against Hunger that work side-by-side with UN’s humanitarians, warn of having to suspend activities if Israeli ground operations expand to Rafah.

Death toll rising

“Access to the hospital remains obstructed — there is no safe corridor for those in need. Two WHO missions have been denied in the last four days and we lost touch with the hospital’s personnel,” the WHO Director-General said.Matthew Hollingworth, WFP Country Director for Palestine, describes Rafah’s streets as “packed with throngs of people,” noting that every available space in the city has become a makeshift shelter.Mr. Hollingworth, speaking in a video released on Thursday on X platform, highlighted the despair pervading Rafah, where people struggle for support, fuel, and sustenance amidst “damp, cold, and miserable” conditions.


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