Israeli air strikes killed at least 28 Palestinians in Rafah early Saturday, hours after Israel's prime minister said he asked the military to plan for the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from the southern Gaza city ahead of a ground invasion. Israeli strikes also targeted the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus early Saturday, the Syrian military said. Read our blog to see how the day's events unfolded.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered the army to prepare to evacuate hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from Gaza's Rafah, his office said Friday. Washington warned it would not support any ground assault on the city, and UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said civilians in Rafah in the Gaza Strip need to be protected, but the United Nations does not want to see any forced mass displacement.
Nearly 10 percent of children under five in Gaza are acutely malnourished, a rate about 12 times higher than before the Israel-Hamas war, according to initial UN data published in a note from the UN humanitarian office OCHA relased on Friday.
(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP, Reuters)
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