Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry issued a stern warning over the weekend concerning the escalating military activities in the southern Gaza Strip, particularly targeting the city of Rafah. The statement comes amid growing international alarm over the potential humanitarian impact of the conflict.
Saudi Arabia Expresses Strong Condemnation
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has voiced its firm opposition and condemnation of the actions leading to the forced displacement of civilians in Rafah. In a statement released Saturday, the Saudi foreign ministry underscored the serious repercussions of the military operations and called for an immediate ceasefire.
The ministry highlighted the violation of international law represented by the storming and targeting of Rafah, emphasizing the urgency of convening a United Nations Security Council meeting to prevent further humanitarian disaster.
"The Kingdom affirms its categorical rejection and strong condemnation of their forcible deportation, and renews its demand for an immediate ceasefire," the ministry said. Netanyahu's Stance and International Concerns Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has directed the nation's military forces to prepare for the evacuation of Rafah's population, estimated at 1.3 million people.
Many of these individuals have been previously displaced and claim they have nowhere else to go. In an interview, Netanyahu assured that the Israeli military would provide safe passage for civilians to leave the area, though details of the evacuation plan remain vague.
Benjamin Netanyahu's commitment to continuing the operation, aimed at targeting Hamas terrorist battalions in Rafah, has stirred controversy and concern among international observers. "Those who say that under no circumstances should we enter Rafah are basically saying: ‘lose the war, keep Hamas there’," Netanyahu added.
The United States has cautioned against conducting such an operation without comprehensive planning, warning that it could lead to disaster. Similarly, the United Nations, various aid organizations, and numerous countries have expressed apprehension about the potential effects on the civilian population in the Gaza Strip.