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Palestine condemns Netanyahu's plan to expel Palestinians from Gaza

December 26, 2023 at 10:57 am

Palestinian families, who leave their homes to protect themselves from Israeli bombardment, prepare a meal on an empty land, where they set up makeshift tents, in Rafah, Gaza on December 25, 2023 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

Palestine on Monday condemned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to encourage Palestinians to voluntarily leave Gaza, calling for an international stand against it, Anadolu Agency reports.

“Netanyahu’s confessions regarding the displacement of our people is a new blow to the countries supporting him in the genocidal war on Gaza Strip,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Palestinian group Hamas also condemned Netanyahu’s plan, saying it is an attempt to “prolong the aggression.”

“The Palestinian people will not allow to pass any plan that aims to obliterate their cause or to get them out of their lands and sanctities,” it said.

Netanyahu is said to have told a meeting of his Likud party that he was ready to encourage the voluntary migration of Palestinians from Gaza, but the problem was whether there were “countries that are willing to absorb an exit.”

Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip since a cross-border attack by the Palestinian group Hamas on 7 October, killing at least 20,700 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injuring 54,536 others, according to local health authorities.

Around 1,200 Israelis are believed to have been killed in the Hamas attack.

The Israeli onslaught has left Gaza in ruins, with half of the coastal territory’s housing damaged or destroyed and nearly 2 million people displaced within the densely populated enclave amid acute shortages of food and clean water.

READ: Netanyahu pushes for ‘voluntary migration’ for Palestinians in Gaza: Israeli media