Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly
The war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip was sparked on October 7 when commandos from the Palestinian Islamist movement carried out an attack in southern Israel that resulted in the deaths of more than 1,160 people, mostly civilians, according to official Israeli data.
In retaliation, Israel vowed to destroy Hamas and launched an offensive that left at least 28,340 dead in the Palestinian territory, the vast majority of them are women, children and adolescents, according to the latest report from the Hamas Ministry of Health.
Israel estimates that around 130 hostages are still being held in Gaza, 29 of whom are believed to have died, out of around 250 people kidnapped in Israel on October 7.
On Monday, Mr. Netanyahu reiterated his determination to continue military pressure until complete victory over Hamas, of which Rafah is the last bastion, to free all our hostages.
Faced with international criticism, the Israeli Prime Minister said on Sunday that Israel would provide safe passage for the population to leave Rafah, without specifying where they could go.
They are going to evacuate the Palestinians. Or? On the moon? asked the head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell in Brussels.
The UN will not associate itself with a forced displacement of the population in Rafah, for his part warned the spokesperson for the secretary general of the organization.
The perspective of “an offensive is terrifying,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, while the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Karim Khan said he was deeply concerned about the fate of civilians.