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Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians say goodbye to Rafa by all means – “Disaster averted” says Netanyahu

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians continue to flee Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, where a full-scale Israeli ground offensive is threatened, with the Israeli prime minister declaring that “a humanitarian disaster” has been averted. Hamas leader Ismail Haniya, for his part, said yesterday that the Palestinian Islamist movement, which seized power in the Gaza Strip in 2007 and which Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to wipe out, “will remain,” and that it, along with the remaining factions, will make decisions “on the post-war governance of Gaza”. Ismail Haniya added that the future of indirect ceasefire negotiations is uncertain because Israel “insists on holding the Rafah crossing and expanding its offensive” into the Palestinian enclave. He made the remarks during a live televised speech after more than seven months of war, on the day Palestinians remember the Nakba, the “Catastrophe.” […]
Source: News Beast

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