Saudi Arabia warns Israel of 'very serious repercussions' if ground invasion of Rafah proceeds

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Saudi Arabia has warned Israel that a planned penetration of nan metropolis of Rafah whitethorn origin an imminent humanitarian disaster.

The oil-rich nation’s overseas ministry released a connection connected Saturday calling for an contiguous ceasefire to nan conflict arsenic Israel is poised to motorboat a crushed penetration of Rafah, which borders Egypt astatine nan confederate extremity of nan Gaza Strip. More than half of Gaza's estimated 2.3 cardinal organization is now packed into nan city.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s agency has ordered nan subject to create a plan to evacuate nan organization city up of a crushed penetration to destruct 4 Hamas battalions it says are deployed there. 

NETANYAHU PLANNING TO EVACUATE CIVILIANS FROM LARGE GAZA CITY AS EXPECTED INVASION LOOMS

Netanyahu said he asked nan subject to scheme for nan removal of hundreds of thousands of group from nan metropolis up of nan crushed invasion. A ample information of nan existent organization has fled into nan metropolis from different parts of Gaza since nan onset of nan conflict and Saudi Arabia says they person obscurity other to go. A timeline for a imaginable crushed penetration is not known. 

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia warns of nan very superior repercussions of storming and targeting nan metropolis of Rafah successful nan Gaza Strip, which is nan past edifice for hundreds of thousands of civilians forced by nan sadistic Israeli aggression to flee," a connection by Saudi Arabia’s overseas ministry reads. 

"The Kingdom affirms its categorical rejection and beardown condemnation of their forcible deportation and renews its request for an contiguous ceasefire."

The informing from Saudi Arabia came connected nan aforesaid time that 31 Palestinians, including 10 children, were killed successful Israeli airstrikes successful nan city.

Earlier this week Netanyahu vowed that Israeli forces would conflict connected until "total victory", including successful Rafah, aft ceasefire talks failed. 

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Rafah’s population stood at 264,000 successful early 2022, but since nan onset of nan conflict, nan organization has ballooned to astir 1.4 cardinal arsenic group activity shelter there, according to nan Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. It is unclear wherever civilians successful Rafah could fly to next.

At slightest 28,000 Palestinians person been killed and 67,600 others person been injured successful Israeli strikes connected Gaza since Oct. 7, nan wellness ministry successful Gaza said connected Saturday, according to Reuters. The conflict has been raging for 4 months and was sparked aft a astonishment violent onslaught by Hamas connected Oct. 7, in which militants crossed nan separator from Gaza and massacred immoderate 1,200 people. 

"This continued usurpation of world rule and world humanitarian rule confirms nan request for an urgent convening of nan U.N. Security Council to forestall Israel from causing an imminent humanitarian disaster for which everyone who supports nan aggression is responsible," nan Saudi connection concludes.

Saudi Arabia has ne'er formally recognized Israel, though it had been successful negotiated talks pinch nan U.S. to do truthful successful nan months starring up to nan Oct. 7 attacks, starring Riyadh to shelve nan matter successful nan look of Arab anger complete Israel's offensive.

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Earlier this week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, successful Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s superior and main financial hub.

Saudi Arabia has told nan U.S. it will not unfastened negotiated relations pinch Israel unless an independent Palestinian state is recognized connected 1967 borders pinch East Jerusalem arsenic its capital, its overseas ministry said connected Wednesday.

Riyadh reiterated its telephone for imperishable members of nan U.N. Security Council that person not recognized a Palestinian authorities connected nan 1967 borders pinch East Jerusalem arsenic its superior to do so, a ministry connection said.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.