“NThis is not something we will do leaving the population trapped. In fact, we will do the opposite,” he said, at a time when the international community has warned against an attack by Israeli forces in this city, where, according to the United Nations, almost 1.5 million Palestinians are displaced.

After the meeting, in Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office in Jerusalem, Scholz opposed a land invasion of Rafah, the last safe haven in the Gaza Strip.

According to Israel, four battalions of the Islamist movement Hamas are still active in this city in the south of the enclave, on the border with Egypt.

“How can we protect more than 1.5 million people, where can they go?” asked the chancellor, who expressed reluctance not only for reasons of “military logic”, but above all, like other powers, including the United States , they have already warned, for humanitarian reasons.

Earlier, at the beginning of his executive meeting, Benjamin Netanyahu assured that international pressure will not prevent Israel from launching an offensive in Rafah.

“No international pressure will stop us from achieving all the objectives of our war [contra o Hamas]. We will act in Rafah, it will take a few weeks, but it will happen”, said the Israeli Prime Minister.

Germany, since the Hamas attacks on October 7, has been among the countries that have shown the most solidarity with Israel.

The war in the Gaza Strip was triggered after the Hamas attack in southern Israel on October 7, which resulted in the deaths of at least 1,160 people, most of them civilians, and more than 240 hostages, according to Israeli authorities.

Israel responded with intense attacks, which have killed more than 31,600 people and injured more than 73,600 people, according to Hamas, in power in the Palestinian enclave. Close to 80% of Gaza’s 2.3 million inhabitants are internally displaced, the overwhelming majority in Rafah.

The United Nations has warned of imminent widespread famine in the Palestinian territory and nearly 30 children have died from acute malnutrition.

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Source: https://www.noticiasaominuto.com/mundo/2522986/netanyahu-afasta-operacao-em-rafah-com-populacao-encurralada

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