LOOK. Robin Ramaekers about ‘safe zone’ for 2 million Gaza residents: “No more than dune area between Middelkerke and Ostend” | Israel-Palestine conflict

The so-called safe area where Gaza residents can take shelter from the Israeli bombardments is no larger than the dune area between Ostend and Middelkerke. Foreign journalist Robin Ramaekers makes this comparison in VTM NIEUWS on Friday.


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There is one safe zone designated by the Israeli army in the south of the Gaza Strip. It is located on the coast near the town of Al Mawasi near the city of Khan Younis. It concerns an area of ​​about ten square kilometers, “no more than the strip of dunes between Middelkerke and Ostend,” according to the VTM foreign journalist.

According to the Israeli authorities, two million people should be able to go to that area to find a safe place to shelter from the Israeli bombings. Ramaekers calls that “totally unrealistic”. The journalist calculates that this would amount to “3 to 4 square meters per person”.

More than 14,800 people have been killed in the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip so far, the local Ministry of Health, which is controlled by Hamas, claims. Internationally, Israel is receiving fierce criticism for the large number of civilian casualties the country is causing in the war against the terrorist movement Hamas.

Israel decided to carry out the raid after the terrorist group invaded Israel on October 7, killing about 1,200 people and taking about 240 people as hostages to the Gaza Strip.

After a seven-day ceasefire, the Israeli army resumed the “military operation” on Friday morning. For example, the town of Rafah was bombed, a town in the south of the Gaza Strip near the border with Egypt. According to the Israeli government, 137 hostages are still being held by Hamas in the area. Hamas in turn launched rockets towards Israel again today.

The ‘safe zone’ in Gaza / Robin Ramaekers © VTM NIEUWS / Gregory Van Gansen / Photo News