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World leaders and celebrities respond to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza

The city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip has emerged as a flashpoint in the ongoing clash between Israel and Palestine. The hashtag ‘All Eyes on Rafah’ on social media has gone viral, drawing attention to the dire humanitarian situation in this city bordering Egypt. This call draws attention to the terrible conditions that Palestinians have to endure in the face of continued aggression.

What is Rafah?

The Palestinian city of Rafah is located directly on the Egyptian border, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Due to its strategic location and the large number of displaced Palestinians who have sought safety there, it has become a key location in the ongoing war. The ongoing military operations have had a significant impact on the city, raising serious humanitarian concerns.

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The Meaning Behind ‘All Eyes on Rafah’

The slogan “All eyes on Rafah” originated from a comment by Rick Peeperkorn, head of the Office for the Occupied Palestinian Territories at the World Health Organization. Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s intention to evacuate the city and attack what he considered Hamas’s last bastions, he called for international attention on Rafah in February. Since then, the term has been used to emphasize the need to draw global attention to the humanitarian situation in Rafah, where an Israeli attack has killed at least forty-five people.

Global responses

The situation in Rafah has provoked strong reactions from world leaders and celebrities alike:

Political leaders

Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock stressed the importance of adhering to international humanitarian law and urged Israel to respect the recent ruling by the UN highest court to halt attacks.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell echoed similar sentiments, calling for compliance with international legal standards.

Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto said: “There is an increasingly difficult situation, in which the Palestinian people are being put under pressure without regard to the rights of innocent men, women and children who have nothing to do with Hamas, and this can no longer be justified. ‘, he told Italian TV SkyTG24.

Celebrities

Several high-profile figures have expressed solidarity with the Palestinians:

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All eyes on Rafah
All eyes on Rafah

The call for awareness

The global community is urged to recognize and address the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Rafah through the “All Eyes on Rafah” initiative. The need for international awareness and involvement is more important than ever as more than 1.4 million Palestinians seek shelter in horrific conditions.

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