Netanyahu orders IDF to come up with evacuation plans for Rafah

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the military to prepare evacuation orders for the southern Gaza city of Rafah on Friday.

The new development demonstrates Israel’s intent to carry out operations in the southern city, near Gaza’s border with Egypt, that has become a refuge for more than 1 million Palestinians who had fled from more northern parts of the enclave at Israel’s insistence, which U.S. officials have expressed concern about in recent days.

The prime minister’s office said in a statement on Friday that “it is clear that intense activity in Rafah requires that civilians evacuate the areas of combat,” so Netanyahu “has ordered the IDF and the security establishment to submit to the Cabinet a combined plan for evacuating the population and destroying the battalions.”

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