Middle East, Blinken: “Unacceptable damage if Israel attacks Rafah. Hamas the only obstacle to the truce in Gaza”


By John

«An Israeli attack on Rafah, the city in the southern Gaza Strip where more than a million Palestinians displaced by the war are crowded together, would cause damage «beyond acceptable», warned US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. According to Blinken, Israel has not presented any plans to protect civilians during this possible attack. “In the absence of such a plan, we cannot support a large-scale military operation in Rafah, because the damage it would cause would be beyond what is acceptable,” he said at the McCain Institute Forum in Sedona, Arizona.

«Hamas is the only obstacle to the ceasefire in Gaza”: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this, while the militants prepare to send a delegation to Cairo for talks. «We are waiting to see if, in fact, they will accept a yes for an answer to the ceasefire and the release of the hostages”, underlined Blinken. “The reality right now – he concluded – is that the only thing that stands between the people of Gaza and a ceasefire it's Hamas.”