Kirby Highlights Lack of Israeli Civilian Evacuation Plan for Rafah

Written by Henrik Rothen

Mar.17 - 2024 5:14 PM CET

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Kirby Highlights Lack of Israeli Civilian Evacuation Plan for Rafah.

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John Kirby, the White House National Security Communications Adviser, revealed on a recent "Fox News Sunday" interview that the U.S. is yet to receive details of Israel's strategy for evacuating civilians from Rafah, despite increasing military preparations in the area. Kirby emphasized the importance of transparency in Israel's military operations, particularly concerning the safety of civilians in conflict zones.

During the interview, host Shannon Bream highlighted concerns regarding the effectiveness of aid distribution in the region, referencing Senator Marco Rubio's skepticism about the aid reaching its intended recipients without benefiting Hamas.

Kirby responded by clarifying that multiple aid organizations are involved in the humanitarian efforts, not just Hamas, ensuring the distribution of essential supplies like food, water, and medicine to those in need.

Kirby also addressed concerns about the potential for Hamas to intercept humanitarian aid, stating that the U.S. closely monitors the situation and has not observed significant diversion of aid by Hamas.

He stressed the critical role of various organizations in providing relief to the Gazan people, amidst the challenges posed by the conflict.

The discussion comes in the wake of Israel's announcement of plans to create "humanitarian islands" within the Gaza Strip, directing Palestinians out of Rafah in anticipation of a military offensive. This strategy aims to mitigate civilian casualties and facilitate the provision of humanitarian aid during the conflict.

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