Yeah, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if they bomb UAE’s hospital ship at some point.
BBC follows Gaza’s tireless paramedics as they confront death and trauma at every turn
I read Rogers’ article, and as far as I can tell, at no point does he say how, precisely, the US could “stop the horror in Rafah today”, or “pull the plug”.
Israel is a sovereign nation, not an US puppet, and if the Israeli government is willing to continue, and the IDF obeys them, I don’t see how the US is supposed to stop them. Not without actually attacking Israeli forces, or putting US boots on the ground and daring Netanyahu to bomb US Marines, or something similar.
He doesn’t spell out the details but he does say:
Israel is hugely dependent on US military support and could not continue the war for long without it.
That “support” is weapons and ammunition that Israel either does not make or cannot replenish quickly enough from its own production. This article goes into some detail:
Since Hamas’ brutal attack on Israel on October 7, 2023, the United States has provided a significant number of arms to Israel to support its war in Gaza. Public reporting indicates that U.S. military equipment transferred includes bombs, precision guidance kits, missiles, artillery shells, ammunition, and other equipment. Although there have reportedly been “near daily” deliveries of U.S. weapons to Israel and a “tiger team” established to expedite transfers, the Biden administration has only publicly acknowledged two major arms sales.
Chris Doyle is director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding in London.
Statement by Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
The scenario we have long dreaded is unraveling at alarming speed.
More than half of Gaza’s population – well over 1 million people – are crammed in Rafah, staring death in the face: They have little to eat, hardly any access to medical care, nowhere to sleep, nowhere safe to go.
They, like the entire population of Gaza, are the victims of an assault that is unparalleled in its intensity, brutality and scope.
More than 28,000 people – mostly women and children – have been killed across Gaza, according to the Ministry of Health.
For more than four months, humanitarian workers have been doing the near-impossible to assist people in need, despite the risks they themselves were facing and the traumas they were enduring.
But no amount of dedication and goodwill is enough to keep millions of people alive, fed and protected – while the bombs are falling and the aid is choked off.
Add to this the widespread despair, the breakdown of law and order, and the defunding of UNRWA.
The consequences are humanitarian workers who are shot at, held at gunpoint, attacked and killed.
I have said for weeks now that our humanitarian response is in tatters.
Today, I’m sounding the alarm once again: Military operations in Rafah could lead to a slaughter in Gaza. They could also leave an already fragile humanitarian operation at death’s door.
We lack the safety guarantees, the aid supplies and the staff capacity to keep this operation afloat.
The international community has been warning against the dangerous consequences of any ground invasion in Rafah. The Government of Israel cannot continue to ignore these calls.
History will not be kind.
This war must end.
So … 28,000 dead people, the complete collapse of the health system, mass starvation, and the forced relocation of millions of civilians from one end of a territory they can’t leave to the other… don’t already count as those things?
How many more Hind Rajabs does it take before it counts?
How do you say that the situation is getting worse when it is already catastrophic?