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After UN resolution urges ceasefire, Israel's Ben-Gvir calls for ground attack on Rafah

March 26, 2024 at 5:34 pm

Israeli Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben-Gvir (C) in Kiryat Malachi, Israel on February 16, 2024 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Israel’s far-right National Security Minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, called Tuesday for launching a ground attack on the city of Rafah, a refuge for some 1.4 million Palestinians at the southern tip of the Gaza Strip, Anadolu Agency reports.

“We should enter Rafah now,” Ben-Gvir told Israeli Army Radio.

His call came one day after the UN Security Council passed a resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Fourteen countries voted in favour of the resolution, presented by 10 elected members of the Council, and none voted against, while the US abstained from voting.

“I remind you that we have fought several wars without the support of the US and the entire world,” Ben-Gvir said.

The US opposes Israeli plans to launch a ground attack on Rafah, where more than 1.4 million people have taken refuge from Israel’s ongoing war in the Gaza Strip.

Israel has waged a deadly military offensive on the Palestinian territory since a 7 October cross-border attack by Hamas which killed nearly 1,200 people.

However, since then, it has been revealed by Haaretz that helicopters and tanks of the Israeli army had, in fact, killed many of the 1,139 soldiers and civilians claimed by Israel to have been killed by the Palestinian Resistance.

Over 32,400 Palestinians have since been killed and nearly 74,800 others injured amid mass destruction and shortages of necessities.

The Israeli war, now in its 172nd day, has pushed 85 per cent of Gaza’s population into internal displacement amid acute shortages of food, clean water and medicine, while 60 per cent of the enclave’s infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the ICJ, which in January issued an interim ruling that ordered Tel Aviv to stop genocidal acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.

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