The UNRWA has expressed its concern about the military offensive on Rafah, which is located in the southern part of Gaza Strip. The agency has warned that such an attack on vulnerable people could lead to a catastrophic situation.
The United Nations also has urged that Palestinian civilians in Rafah be protected and not subjected to forced mass displacement. This comes after Israel announced its evacuation plan to defeat Hamas in the area.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Friday: "We're extremely worried about the fate of civilians in Rafah."
"What is clear is that people need to be protected, but we also do not want to see any forced displacement - forced mass displacement - of people, which is by definition against their will," Dujarric added.
"We would not support in any way forced displacement, which goes against international law."