Middle East conflict live updates: Netanyahu calls for evacuation of Rafah in advance of ‘massive’ military operation

Middle East conflict live updates: Netanyahu calls for evacuation of Rafah in advance of ‘massive’ military operation

The Israeli military is drawing up plans for both the evacuation of civilians from Rafah and a “massive” military operation in the border town at the request of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister’s office announced Friday. More than a million displaced people are crowded into Rafah. The United States “would not support” a major Israeli military operation in Rafah under current conditions, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Thursday. In response to Netanyahu’s call for an evacuation, the Secretary General of Amnesty International warned that “Palestinians in Gaza are at grave risk of genocide.”  » …
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