Israel urges relief agencies ‘to cooperate’ with evacuation

Israel is calling on UN relief agencies “to cooperate” with its efforts to evacuate civilians from zones of conflict, ahead of its planned ground operation in Rafah.

“Don’t say it can’t be done,” said government spokesperson Eylon Levy, in a press briefing. “Work with us to find a way.”

The southern city of Rafah, on the border with Egypt, is widely seen as the only remaining refuge for Gazans fleeing Israel’s military operations elsewhere in The Strip.

About 1.5m people are believed to be crowded there, prompting widespread concern about any forthcoming ground operation.


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