Israel captures Rafah border crossing, cutting of all humanitarian aid to Gaza as hundreds of thousands face starvation
05/13/2024 // Ethan Huff // Views

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) are chomping at the bit to launch their long-awaited ground invasion of Rafah, the border crossing of which was captured by Israel this week in anticipation of its final solution for the Palestinian people.

The last remaining route through which humanitarian aid is being delivered into Gaza, the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt is a strategic passage through which Israeli tanks and troops are now entering the Palestinian enclave.

IDF is reportedly bombing locations throughout Rafah, including residential homes. In the latest attack, at least 23 Palestinians were killed, including six women and five children.

Israel says the bombing resulted in the lives of 20 Hamas fighters coming to an end, and there is still more to come as the Jewish state focuses its sights on the "terrorist operations" allegedly taking place at the Rafah crossing.

Up until now, the Rafah crossing was the only Gaza passageway that Israel did not control. Now, Israel is in full control of Gaza with its sights and scopes pointed at the roughly 1.4 million Palestinians who live and are taking refuge in the southern Gaza city.

According to the United Nations (UN) World Food Program (WFP), the nearby Kerem Shalom crossing remains closed, which means the Rafah crossing is the only entry and exit point that remains in and out of the Gaza Strip.

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Gaza experiencing "full-blown famine"

Things are not looking good for the remaining Palestinians who have nowhere else to go as they hunker down in Rafah. Many of them relocated there months ago from northerly parts of Gaza after Israel told them to flee there for safety, only to now discover that they are sitting ducks with no way to escape.

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Only a very small fraction of the people in Rafah are Hamas militants, and yet all of them are now in the crosshairs of IDF as they await whatever Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unleashes next.

WEF chief Cindy McCain commented that the cutting off of this last vital aid channel is basically a death blow to Gaza, which was already before this in the throes of a "full-blown famine."

If the Rafah border crossing remains closed and under Israeli control for an extended period of time, which appears to be the plan, it will result in an even worse hunger crisis for the remaining Palestinians who live there.

Commenting on the matter, James Elder, the head of the UN's children's relief agency, said that it is "hard to see how famine in Gaza can be averted" with everything that is transpiring now, and at increasing speed.

We know from the latest news reports that Netanyahu is rejecting every proposed ceasefire, including one that Hamas recently accepted. Netanyahu insists that Hamas is trying to "sabotage the entry of our forces into Rafah" by accepting the ceasefire deal that Israel has rejected.

The ceasefire deal that Hamas accepted is "very far from Israel's vital demands," Netanyahu stated, vowing to never let "Hamas restore its wicked rule in the Strip."

The Biden White House, meanwhile, continues to say one thing while doing another. One day the regime is against what Israel is doing, and the next day it is for it, or at least continuing to supply the cash and weapons needed to continue the assault.

Biden did put a halt, we are told, on new arms shipments, but it remains unclear precisely how this will affect Israel one way or another in terms of the longevity of its current arms stores.

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