Biden says Israel’s ‘conduct of the response in the Gaza Strip has been over the top’
“The Kingdom affirms its categorical rejection and strong condemnation of their forcible deportation, and renews its demand for an immediate ceasefire,” Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry said.
UK foreign secretary Lord David Cameron said he was “deeply concerned” about the planned invasion and called for an “immediate pause” in fighting.
Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry said any Israeli offensive on Rafah would have “disastrous consequences”.
It comes after two Israel hostages were rescued overnight from the city as airstrikes killed 67 Palestinians, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.
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Welcome to our live blog on the Israel Gaza war. Israel has been warned a planned ground offensive into Rafah will have “very serious consequences”, with countries in the region and around the world expressing concern.
It comes after Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Israeli military to evacuate civilians from Rafah, which is home to 1.5million Palestinians, ahead of the offensive intended to “destroy Hamas”.
Two Israel hostages were rescued overnight from the city as airstrikes killed 67 Palestinians, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.
Alexander Butler12 February 2024 15:04
At least 67 dead in Israel airstrikes on Rafah refugee camp as two hostages rescued
Alexander Butler12 February 2024 15:00