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In a direct appeal to President Biden, a coalition of 37 House Democrats led by Reps. Joaquin Castro, Jamie Raskin, and Jan Schakowsky, have raised concerns over the anticipated Israeli invasion of Rafah, suggesting it might violate US aid conditions to Israel.

Their letter, sent on Tuesday, warned that such an action “likely contravene” the standards set by a recent Biden administration memorandum. This memorandum, they noted, calls for “credible assurances from recipient countries that they will use US weapons in adherence with international humanitarian law.”

The lawmaker’s letter added, “While we continue to urge Israel to avoid an expanded operation in Rafah, we share your obvious concern about the absence of a credible plan for the safety and support of the more than one million civilians sheltering in Rafah. [Any ground invasion] that runs counter to the specific principles outlined should not be supported by US taxpayer assistance.”

This comes as US Ambassador to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said recently that “no attacks on Rafah should take place, given current circumstances.” According to the United Nations, Rafah is facing worsening famine conditions and a lack of medical resources.


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