Israel warned not to attack Rafah

US President Joe Biden has urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to not proceed with a planned military operation in the Gaza city of Rafah “without a credible and executable plan” for ensuring the safety of the near 2m people sheltering there (Al Jazeera).

Netanyahu over the weekend reiterated plans for a ground offensive in Rafah, the most southern city in Gaza and one that is providing refuge for 1.9m displaced Palestinians, but promised “safe passage” for the civilians.

In response, a Hamas official said any ground offensive in Rafah would “blow up” ongoing hostage release negotiations.

The EU foreign policy chief warned Israel against the invasion, saying it would “lead to an unspeakable humanitarian catastrophe and grave tensions with Egypt” (CNBC).

UK foreign secretary David Cameron said he was “deeply concerned” about the plan and called for an “immediate pause” in the fighting.