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‘All eyes on Rafah’ image goes viral

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As the fighting continues between Israel and Hamas, some social media users worldwide are using their accounts to bring more attention to the crisis.

An AI image with the phrase ‘All eyes on Rafah’ has gone viral on social media with celebrities, athletes and many others sharing it across the world.

Celebrities like Aaron Paul, Kehlani, Kid Cudi, Bobbi Althoff, Kumail Nanjiani, and Dua Lipa are among those who have shared the image, which has been re-shared over 46 million times in less than two days.

The picture seeks to draw attention to Israel’s brutal assault on Palestinians in Rafah on Sunday, which left 45 people killed and hundreds of others injured.

The picture shows an endless city, full of tents at the foot of snowy mountains and a shadow in the background.

Rafah, which is on the border with Egypt, has been shelter to more than one million people, after fleeing fighting from other parts of the Palestinian territory.

Fighting has been continuing in the territory for seven months, where more than 36 000 people have been killed – mostly women and children.

The deadliest Gaza war was sparked by Hamas’ attack on southern Israel in October, which resulted in the deaths of 1 189 people, mostly civilians.

Militants also took 252 hostages, 121 of whom remain in Gaza, including 37 the Israeli army says are dead.

Concerns have been raised worldwide over Israel’s continued onslaught on Rafah, despite the ICJ’s recent order to immediately halt its military offensive and any other actions that could compromise the lives of Palestinians in city.

On the other hand, Israel says the war in Gaza is likely to last another seven months.

Israel’s national security adviser says they will continue with their operations until Hamas is destroyed.

The remarks come as Israel finds itself under international pressure to stop the onslaught.

US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, says it is imperative for Israel to have a plan to defeat Hamas and restore security and governance in Gaza.

 

Written by: Nonhlanhla Harris

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