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UN Rapporteur condemns planned Israeli offensive over Rafah

Ramallah, Feb 18 (Prensa Latina) The city of Rafah stands today as the last line of Palestinian existence in Gaza amid the anguish faced by people trapped there, a UN official warned Sunday.

How can we allow another Nakba? Have we really lost our minds? Francesca Albanese, UN special rapporteur for human rights in the Palestinian territories, posted on X.

The Nakba (catastrophe in Arabic) meant the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 and the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their ancestral lands.

Over 1.4 million people took refuge around Rafah to escape Israel´s daily bombing over Gaza since October 7.

In recent weeks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly reaffirmed his intention to launch a ground offensive over Rafah, arguing the city is the last bastion of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).

The plan brought about an international condemnation wave including from Israel’s allies, because of the catastrophic consequences for the civilian population. The Israeli press revealed that the army will present this week to the Netanyahu government a plan to force the evacuation of Palestinians to other areas.