"Last resort" Riyadh warns of an imminent humanitarian catastrophe in Rafah "Last resort" Riyadh warns of an imminent humanitarian catastrophe in Rafah

"Last resort" Riyadh warns of an imminent humanitarian catastrophe in Rafah

"Last resort" Riyadh warns of an imminent humanitarian catastrophe in Rafah

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia warned of the extremely dangerous repercussions of Israel’s storming and targeting of the city of Rafah in the south of the Gaza Strip, which indicates an imminent humanitarian catastrophe, calling on the Security Council to assume its responsibilities regarding “Israeli aggression” and work towards a permanent ceasefire.

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned of the repercussions of a possible Israeli invasion in the city of Rafah, adjacent to the Egyptian border inside the Gaza Strip, calling on the Security Council to assume its responsibilities in this regard.

In a statement today, Saturday, the Saudi Foreign Ministry called on the UN Security Council to prevent Israel from carrying out a humanitarian catastrophe against the Palestinians, amid anticipation of a possible Israeli military operation there, where about one million and 300 thousand displaced people from the northern and central Gaza Strip have taken refuge as a result of the Israeli aggression.

The statement touched on the "extremely dangerous repercussions of storming and targeting the city of Rafah," stressing that it has become "the last refuge for hundreds of thousands of civilians who were forced to flee by the brutal Israeli aggression."

The Saudi Foreign Ministry stressed its “categorical rejection and strong condemnation of their forced deportation,” demanding “the necessity of an immediate ceasefire.”

She said: "This continued violation of international law and international humanitarian law confirms the necessity of convening the UN Security Council urgently to prevent Israel from causing an imminent humanitarian catastrophe for which everyone who supports the aggression bears responsibility."

The governorate is the last refuge for the displaced in the Gaza Strip and includes more than 1,400,000 Palestinians, including 1,300,000 displaced people from other governorates.

Since the beginning of the ground operation launched by Israel in the Gaza Strip on October 27, Israel has been asking residents to go from the north and center of the Strip to the south, claiming that they are safe areas, but they were not spared the bombing of homes and cars.

Until Friday, the ground operation had reached Khan Yunis and did not extend to Rafah, even though the Israeli occupation army had carried out air strikes and extensive artillery shelling on sites in Rafah since the beginning of the war on October 7 last year.

On Saturday, the government media office in Gaza warned of a "global catastrophe and massacre" if Israel invaded Rafah Governorate, in response to Israeli media reports predicting this.

Dead bodies and widespread destruction following a partial withdrawal of the occupation from some neighborhoods of Gaza

Palestinians confirmed that bodies were found in the streets and widespread destruction of buildings and infrastructure in several neighborhoods in Gaza City, most notably the “universities, industry, and Al-Katiba” areas following the Israeli occupation army’s withdrawal from them, while the occupation continues its massacres and bombing of civilians for more than 4 months.

Palestinians recovered many bodies in several areas in the Gaza Strip following a partial withdrawal of the occupation army, revealing massacres against civilians and massive destruction of infrastructure.

Palestinian bodies were scattered in the streets of the “Universities, Industry, and Al-Katiba” areas, west of Gaza, indicating that they remained lying for long hours without being recovered or being able to be buried.

Local sources and eyewitnesses reported that a number of "the bodies of the martyrs killed by the Israeli occupation army were transferred to the Baptist Hospital in the city, especially from the areas: Al-Jami'a, Al-Katiba, and Al-Sina'a Junction."

Some of these bodies were transported by “primitive roads on the back of horse-drawn carts” after they were recovered from centers sheltering displaced people that were subjected to direct Israeli targeting.

Eyewitnesses reported that a number of wounded people were present in the battalion area, and they appealed for their evacuation for treatment, as they were unable to be transported due to their health conditions.

Despite the harshness of these scenes, citizens expressed their fears that diseases and epidemics would strike this area as a result of the scattering of decomposing bodies.

While the total number of bodies was not known, the partial withdrawal of the occupation army revealed widespread destruction of homes and infrastructure, and the burning of homes that had not been razed to the ground.

Since mid-December, the army began gradually withdrawing from areas in the northern Gaza Governorate, followed at the beginning of last January by partial withdrawals from neighborhoods and areas in the Gaza Governorate.

From time to time, some areas in the Gaza and northern governorates witness partial advances by Israeli vehicles as part of a maneuver during which the army carries out military operations and then withdraws again days later.

Israel continues its military operations in various areas of the Gaza Strip as part of its ground offensive, which began on October 27.

Since last October 7, Israel has been waging a devastating war on the Gaza Strip that has left tens of thousands of civilian victims, most of them children and women, in addition to an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe and massive infrastructure destruction, which led to Tel Aviv appearing before the International Court of Justice on charges of “genocide.” 
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