EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has joined leaders warning against the Israeli offensive on Rafah, saying it would “lead to an unspeakable humanitarian catastrophe and grave tensions with Egypt”.
“No choices remain” as 1.9 million Palestinians sheltering in densely populated Rafah receive evacuation orders, reports Al Jazeera’s Tareq Abu Azzoum in Rafah.
The head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says the reported Israeli detention of health staff and patients at al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis is “extremely concerning”.
At least 28,064 people have been killed and 67,611 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7. The death toll in Israel from the October 7 Hamas attacks stands at 1,139.