ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 143

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Abbas says Israeli plan for Rafah assault aims to drive Palestinians from Gaza

Palestinians look at the destruction after an Israeli strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, February 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)
Palestinians look at the destruction after an Israeli strike in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, February 8, 2024. (AP Photo/Fatima Shbair)

The office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas says a plan announced by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a military escalation in Rafah at the southern edge of the Gaza Strip aims to drive Palestinians from their land.

The office of Abbas, head of the PA that exerts partial self-rule in the West Bank, said it holds both the Israeli government and the Biden administration responsible for the plan’s repercussions.

The PA presidency calls on the UN Security Council to take heed, “because [Israel] taking this step threatens security and peace in the region and the world. It crosses all red lines,” the statement says.

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