As Israel plans to launch a ground offensive on southern Gaza’s Rafah city in the coming weeks, vowing to eliminate the last remaining Hamas battalions, international pressure is mounting to secure a ceasefire amid concerns over the fate of around 1.4mn Palestinians sheltering near the border with Egypt.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have already fled Israel’s recent advances on central Gaza and the city of Khan Younis, setting up tents along the Egyptian border in Rafah, which was home to roughly 300,000 people before the war. (CONTINUED - 1597 WORDS)