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Mass Exodus from Rafah: Million Palestinians Flee as Netanyahu Labels Biden's Hostage Deal 'Incomplete'

Mass Exodus from Rafah: Million Palestinians Flee as Netanyahu Labels Biden's Hostage Deal 'Incomplete'

Mass Exodus from Rafah as Netanyahu Declares Biden's Hostage Deal 'Incomplete'

One Million Palestinians Flee Rafah Amid Intensified Israeli Ground Operation

In the wake of the escalating Israeli army ground operation in Rafah, the United Nations estimates that approximately one million Palestinians have evacuated the southern Gaza city. The United Nations Palestinian Refugee Agency (UNRWA) released this staggering statistic on Monday, noting that "a staggering one million people have now fled Rafah in southern Gaza" in response to new reports of "overnight attacks in southern, central and northern locations by Israeli forces." The agency further stated that "Conditions are unspeakable," with most families seeking refuge in nearby Khan Younis, despite its heavily damaged infrastructure and buildings.

Rafah's Pre-War Population and Current Situation

Before the conflict, Rafah was home to about 280,000 people. However, the conflict has forced at least half or more of all displaced persons in the Gaza Strip into the city. The total prewar population of Gaza was 2.3 million people. The Israeli military has instructed civilians to relocate to an "expanded humanitarian zone" situated about 12 miles away. Despite this, many eyewitnesses have reported to international media that there is insufficient space for this influx of people.

Healthcare Crisis in Gaza

One medical aid worker described the situation in Gaza's hospitals as "beyond catastrophic." Dr. Dorotea Gucciardo from Glia, a group that 3D prints open-source medical equipment for low-resource areas, reported that the Israeli military has systematically destroyed hospitals across Gaza since October. "Patients are unable to access the healthcare that they need and doctors are unable to provide the resources that they require in order to provide health services," Gucciardo added.

Biden's Peace Plan Meets Resistance

The situation appears to be at a stalemate and is likely to worsen before it improves. President Biden's major peace plan effort announced on Friday continues to face resistance from the Netanyahu government. The prime minister has expressed to lawmakers that there are still significant "gaps" in the plan. Netanyahu has reiterated his commitment to the original war aim of ensuring Hamas' destruction and preventing its return to governance. However, hardline Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir has accused Netanyahu of "whitewashing" the deal.

Confusion and Dissent over 'Israeli Deal'

Biden's announcement on Friday that an 'Israeli deal' is on the table has sparked dissent, confusion, and anger within the Netanyahu governing coalition. Ben-Gvir has threatened to dissolve the government if a deal is signed that would end the war without ensuring the collapse of Hamas.

Final Thoughts

The situation in Gaza is complex and fraught with tension. It's clear that a resolution is needed, but the path to peace is far from straightforward. What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you think Biden's peace plan is a step in the right direction, or do you agree with Netanyahu that it's incomplete? Share this article with your friends and let's get a conversation started. Remember, you can sign up for the Daily Briefing, which is delivered every day at 6pm.

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