UN official: Evacuating civilians from Rafah would take at least 10 days

Displaced Palestinians celebrate during a wedding ceremony at school housing displaced Gazans in the city of Rafah on April 19, 2024. (AFP)
Displaced Palestinians celebrate during a wedding ceremony at school housing displaced Gazans in the city of Rafah on April 19, 2024. (AFP)

A UN official tells The Wall Street Journal that clearing civilians out of Rafah ahead of an Israeli offensive there would take at least 10 days.

The senior unnamed official adds that things could move quicker if civilians are taken to Egypt — though Cairo has opposed any such move.

Israel has said it prepared plans to protect and evacuate civilians ahead of any operation.

Previously analysts have assessed an evacuation could require weeks.

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