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The occupation demands Palestinian citizens to evacuate Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip

Gaza (UNI/WAFA) - The Israeli occupation forces demanded, on Monday, the evacuation of the eastern areas of the city of Rafah and the displacement to Khan Yunis.

The occupation army demanded, in a leaflet dropped from planes and via short messages received on their phones, the necessity of evacuating the eastern areas of Rafah as part of an operation it described as “limited in scope.”

Local sources said that the areas that the occupation requested to be evacuated east of Rafah are crowded with residents who were displaced there from different areas of the Gaza Strip, and the area was subjected to violent bombardment last night, targeting about 11 homes, and that a large number of Palestinian citizens are still under the rubble of these homes.

She added that the occupation forces asked citizens to move to the city of Khan Yunis and Al-Mawasi, despite the widespread destruction in them due to the bombing, and it is not possible to set up tents in them, and the area does not accommodate large numbers of displaced people, especially with the presence of displaced people from the Central Governorate, and it is not available in the area. Any of the ingredients to attract more displaced people.

The sources explained that the areas required to be evacuated east of Rafah include Abu Youssef Al-Najjar Hospital, which is one of the most important hospitals in the southern areas of the Gaza Strip, and is located in the Al-Geneina neighborhood, east of the city, and the Rafah land crossing across the border with the Arab Republic of Egypt, which is the main crossing through which humanitarian aid passes into the Gaza Strip. .

In terms of population, the population density east of Rafah is concentrated in the neighborhoods of Al-Salam, Geneina, and the town of Al-Shawka. These areas include small camps for the displaced and shelter centers, in addition to the original population, whose numbers are estimated at about 100 thousand people.

Last April, the Central Bureau of Statistics announced that the number of citizens residing in Rafah Governorate as of April 22 was estimated at approximately 1.1 million citizens, living in an area of ​​63.1 km2, which constitutes a humanitarian and environmental catastrophe and tremendous pressure on scarce services. The ability to obtain the simplest means of life in light of aggression.

The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned in a post on the “X” platform of what he described as a “bloodbath” if Israel carried out a military attack on the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

He said, “The organization is deeply concerned about this operation, which further weakens the already broken health system,” and called for a ceasefire.

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