Israel’s recent attack on the border town of Rafah has caused widespread devastation for more than a million displaced people living in the Gaza Strip. This has led to increased tensions between Israel and Egypt, with the latter threatening to revoke a 1979 peace accord with Israel.
The situation in Rafah has been described as catastrophic, with tens of thousands of victims and a huge lack of humanitarian aid. The attacks have also resulted in the displacement of many families, leading to overcrowding at refugee camps and strain on resources.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has increased military presence on the border and is pressuring Israel to refrain from launching a major offensive in Rafah. If this were to happen, it could lead to the end of the Israeli-Egyptian peace agreement, which would have significant political implications for both countries.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears determined to attack Rafah, despite international warnings and calls for restraint. Military experts predict that heavy ground fighting could last for weeks if an offensive takes place, leading to a significant escalation of violence in the region.
There are fears that continued clashes during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan could spark a region-wide conflagration, potentially involving other countries such as Iran and Saudi Arabia. These concerns have led to increased tension and uncertainty across the Middle East, with many worried about what may come next.