Former UK Prime Minister Lord David Cameron has expressed deep concern over the planned Israeli ground invasion of the southern Gaza city of Rafah. This city is considered the last stronghold for Hamas fighters in Gaza, according to Israel, following more than four months of conflict triggered by a deadly attack by the militant group on Israel on October 7.

In a statement on social media, the Foreign Secretary emphasized his worry about the potential military offensive in Rafah, highlighting that over half of Gaza’s population is currently seeking shelter in the area. Lord Cameron stressed the urgent need for an immediate pause in the fighting to facilitate the delivery of aid and the evacuation of hostages. He further advocated for progress toward a sustainable, permanent ceasefire, told BBC.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has signaled an imminent invasion of Rafah, stating that the military is preparing for the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from the area. This has raised concerns about the relocation of civilians, as Israeli evacuation orders now cover two-thirds of the territory.

On Saturday, Israeli air strikes in Rafah resulted in the tragic deaths of at least 44 Palestinians, including more than a dozen children. The escalating conflict has prompted Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy to call for an end to the fighting, emphasizing the catastrophic consequences an Israeli offensive in Rafah could have on the 1.4 million displaced Palestinians in the area.

In response to the situation, the leader of the SNP, Humza Yousaf, has called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire. He criticized Israel’s threatened action in Rafah, describing it as indefensible and warning of devastating consequences. Yousaf urged the international community to demand an immediate halt to the hostilities.

Tensions between Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the United States have also escalated, with the U.S. warning against the expansion of Israel’s Gaza ground offensive to the southern city of Rafah. As the Israeli bombardment continues, concerns are growing about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where civilians face shortages of food and medical services.

The Hamas-run health ministry reports that the overall Palestinian death toll has surpassed 28,000. Netanyahu’s rejection of Hamas’s ceasefire proposals adds complexity to the situation, raising uncertainties about the path forward in the ongoing conflict.

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