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    “Israel Proposes Gaza Civilian Evacuation Amid Rising Tensions and Ground Invasion Threat”


    Israel Proposes Gaza Civilian Evacuation Amid Ground Invasion Threat

    In the midst of escalating tensions in the Gaza Strip, Israel has put forward a proposal for the evacuation of civilians from the embattled region. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced the plan on Monday, asserting that a ground invasion of the southern city of Rafah was necessary for what they termed as “total victory.”

    As the conflict approaches its five-month mark, families in Gaza’s north are facing desperate circumstances, with reports emerging of civilians scavenging for sustenance. The proposed evacuation plan comes amidst mounting concerns from foreign governments and aid organizations about the potential for mass civilian casualties in the event of a ground offensive.

    With more than 1.4 million Palestinians, predominantly displaced individuals, concentrated in Rafah, the city stands as the last bastion untouched by Israeli ground forces and serves as a crucial entry point for humanitarian aid from neighboring Egypt.

    Details regarding the execution and logistics of the proposed civilian evacuation remain sparse, as the statement from Netanyahu’s office did not provide specific information on the matter.

    The announcement follows discussions in Doha involving Egyptian, Qatari, and US representatives, alongside Israeli and Hamas delegates, aimed at brokering a ceasefire ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. While there are indications of progress towards a cessation of hostilities, significant hurdles remain, particularly regarding the withdrawal of Israeli forces, which Hamas insists upon but Netanyahu dismisses as “delusional.”

    Netanyahu emphasized the necessity of a ground invasion of Rafah, asserting that it would bring Israel closer to “total victory” over Hamas, the group responsible for triggering the conflict with an attack on October 7.

    Amidst the intensifying humanitarian crisis, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has issued a stark warning about the dire food shortages in northern Gaza, labeling it as a “man-made disaster” that requires urgent political action to mitigate.

    Despite ongoing mediation efforts and hopes for a temporary truce, the situation remains volatile, with both sides continuing to exchange fire. The death toll in Gaza has surpassed 29,000, primarily comprising women and children, while Hamas’s attack in Israel claimed the lives of approximately 1,160 individuals, mostly civilians.

    As the conflict shows no signs of abating, regional leaders and mediators are intensifying their efforts to broker a ceasefire, recognizing the potential for further escalation, particularly with the onset of Ramadan.

    Jordan’s King Abdullah II has cautioned against the continuation of hostilities during the holy month, warning that it could lead to a wider conflict. Meanwhile, Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani is set to meet with French officials to discuss potential avenues for de-escalation.

    Sources By Agencies

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