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US warns Israel of 'major insurgency' if there is 'full-on' assault on Rafah

May 22, 2024 at 7:12 pm

The United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to reporters during the press briefing at the State Department in Washington, United States, March 13, 2024. [Celal Güneş/Anadolu Agency]

The US, on Wednesday, warned about a lack of a “concrete plan” regarding post-war Gaza, adding that Israel will inherit a “major insurgency” if it moves forward with a full assault into the southern Gaza city of Rafah, where 1.3 million Palestinians have been sheltering, Anadolu Agency reports.

“If Israel goes full on into Rafah to eliminate the remaining battalions, as they put it, the problem will not be solved,” Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, told House of Representatives.

“There will be thousands and thousands of remaining armed Hamas even after that happens. Israel will inherit a major insurgency in Gaza that it will be responsible for,” he added.

He warned against a lack of concrete plan regarding post-war Gaza.

“There needs to be a concrete plan that does not involve Israel’s reoccupation, does not involve Hamas continuing to rule Gaza and does not involve lawlessness and anarchy,” he said.

Blinken said the US shared with Israel the “other ways” of “more effectively getting at Hamas” in a way that “lessens the danger to civilians”.

About the Biden administration’s decision to halt the controversial shipment of 2,000-pound bombs to Israel, Blinken reiterated the US’ concerns over the use of that kind of weapon in a densely populated area.

“We have an ongoing conversation with Israel about this and about our concerns about the use of these particular weapons in that particular way, in that particular place, and those concerns remain but the other assistance that we’ve been providing for Israel’s defence continues and “will continue”, he said.

More than 35,600 Palestinians have been killed, the vast majority of whom have been women and children, and nearly 79,900 others injured since an Israeli onslaught began in October following a Hamas-led cross-border attack on Israel.

Less than 1,200 people were killed 7 October in Israel, and hundreds were taken to Gaza as hostages.

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.

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