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Where is Rafah in Gaza? Hamas tensions escalate as Israeli military actions intensify

Amid escalating tensions in the Gaza Strip, the city of Rafah has become a focal point of conflict, with Israeli military actions intensifying and Hamas tensions reaching new heights.

Rafah, located in the southern part of the Gaza Strip near the border with Egypt, has historically been a significant area in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. With a population of around 1.4 million, Rafah has become densely populated, housing more than half of Gaza’s total population.

The recent evacuation orders issued by the Israeli military have further heightened the sense of urgency in Rafah. Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been instructed to evacuate, raising concerns about the humanitarian situation in the city.

The evacuation orders come amidst stalled ceasefire talks between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian group governing the Gaza Strip. Despite efforts by mediators from the United States, Qatar, and Egypt, disagreements between the two sides have hindered progress in reaching a truce.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to send ground forces into Rafah to target Hamas fighters, regardless of any ceasefire agreements. Netanyahu’s stance has raised concerns among international aid groups and allies, who have warned of a potential humanitarian crisis in the city.

The Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) has condemned the Israeli army’s evacuation order, labeling it as “forced” and “unlawful.” Jan Egeland, the secretary-general of NRC, has warned that the situation in Rafah could escalate into “the deadliest phase of this conflict.”

Hamas, meanwhile, has called on the international community to intervene to prevent further escalation in Rafah. The group has urged international agencies, including the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), to provide support to civilians in the city.

As tensions continue to rise, concerns about the impact of Israeli military actions on civilians in Rafah are mounting. Aid agencies have warned of the dire humanitarian situation in the city, with reports of shortages of food, water, and medical supplies.

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