‘We Must Enter Rafah Now’ – Itamar Ben-Gvir, Israeli Minister

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Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir has said that the army should enter Rafah in southern Gaza even without the US support.

“We must enter Rafah now,” he said, in remarks quoted by the Israeli Army Radio.

When he was reportedly asked if the action should be taken even if Washington does not back it, he said: “Clearly, I remind you that we went into several wars without the support of the Americans and the whole world.”

Defying international calls to halt its military operation, Israel has pledged to push into Rafah on the southern tip of Gaza, where more than half of the enclave’s 2.3 million residents have been sheltering after fleeing the Israeli assault farther north.

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Meanwhile, A UN humanitarian office spokesperson has called for Israel to revoke a decision barring food deliveries to northern Gaza from the UN Palestinian refugee agency (UNRWA), saying people there were facing a “cruel death by famine”.

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“The decision must be revoked,” OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke told a UN briefing.

“You cannot claim to adhere to these international provisions of law when you block UNRWA food convoys.”

UNRWA’s head said on Sunday that Israel had informed the UN that it will no longer approve its food convoys to north Gaza.

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