“OI looked at the maps, I studied the maps, there is no place these people can go,” Harris told journalists before leaving for Puerto Rico, according to the North American channel CNN.

“One and a half million people, out of a population of 2.2 million people, are now in that area, and let us remember why they are there, why they were told to go there,” he said, according to the Spanish agency Europa Press.

Harris was referring to the order that Israel gave to the inhabitants of the Gaza Strip to flee to the south of the small Palestinian territory when it attacked Gaza City and the north of the enclave.

Israel now intends to attack Rafah to end what remains of Hamas, according to Israeli leaders, but has been pressured by the international community, including the United States, its biggest ally, not to do so.

Harris’ remarks come hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Israel will attack Rafah even without Washington’s support.

“There is no way to defeat Hamas without going to Rafah and eliminating the rest of the battalions there,” Netanyahu said.

“I told him [a Blinken] I hope we do it with the support of the United States, but if necessary, we will do it alone”, he added.

The war in the Gaza Strip was triggered by a Hamas attack on Israeli soil on October 7, 2023, which caused around 1,200 deaths and two hundred hostages, according to Israeli authorities.

Since then, Israel has been carrying out an offensive in Gaza that has caused more than 32,000 deaths, according to the most recent report from the Hamas Ministry of Health.

The Palestinian Islamist group, which has controlled Gaza since 2007, is classified as a terrorist organization by Israel, the United States and the European Union.

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Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/2526692/deslocados-em-rafah-nao-ha-sitio-para-onde-essas-pessoas-possam-ir

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