Israel plans to launch a ground offensive in Rafah, Gaza, prompting international concern
Why it matters
The planned ground offensive in Rafah, Gaza, has raised international concern and is seen as a potential humanitarian catastrophe
What the papers say
The New York Times and Gulf News both report on the planned Israeli ground offensive in Rafah, with the Gulf News emphasizing Saudi Arabia's call for UN Security Council intervention, while The New York Times highlights condemnation from Germany, Britain, Jordan, and aid groups
How we got here
The conflict between Israel and Hamas has resulted in a significant number of displaced Palestinians seeking refuge in Rafah, Gaza, leading to fears of a humanitarian catastrophe
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Rafah is a Palestinian city in the southern Gaza Strip. It is the district capital of the Rafah Governorate, located 30 kilometers south of Gaza City. Rafah's population of 152,950 is overwhelmingly made up of former Palestinian refugees.
The Gaza Strip, or simply Gaza, is a self-governing Palestinian territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, that borders Egypt on the southwest for 11 kilometers and Israel on the east and north along a 51 km border.
Israel, formally known as the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea.