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    The EU Is Worried That Israel Might Extend the War in Gaza to a ‘Pressure Cooker’ Town Near Egypt

    The EU Is Worried That Israel Might Extend the War in Gaza to a ‘Pressure Cooker' Town Near Egypt

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Saturday expressed deep concern over reports that the Israeli intends to take its battle against Hamas to the town of Rafah at Gaza's border with Egypt where more than a million people have escaped the fighting.

    The EU's top diplomat warned that conflict is likely to spread throughout the region unless a cease-fire is agreed between and Hamas, after U.S. airstrikes hit dozens of sites in Iraq and used by Iranian-backed militias and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

    EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that around 1 million Palestinians “have been displaced progressively against the Egyptian border. They claimed they were safe zones, but in fact what we see is that the bombing affecting the civilian population continues and it is creating a very dire situation.”

    Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Thursday that after Israeli troops seize the southern of Khan Younis, from where tens of thousands of people have fled, they will move on to Rafah. He did not give a time frame.

    Such an offensive could push the refugees into Egypt, undermining Israel's peace agreement with the country and angering the United States. It might also torpedo slow-moving peace talks with Hamas and complicate efforts to release scores of Israelis abducted when the militant group rampaged through southern Israel on Oct. 7.

    The prospect of a ground war in Rafah has…

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