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Qatar at a crossroads: Advocating peace while supporting Hamas

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Qatar has called on the international community to take urgent action to prevent a potential "genocide" in Rafah, as Israel prepares for a major military offensive in the Gaza Strip. 

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, Emir of Qatar © SFS

Qatar has called on the international community to take urgent action to prevent a potential "genocide" in Rafah, as Israel prepares for a major military offensive in the Gaza Strip. 

This city, located at the southern edge of Gaza, has become a sanctuary for approximately 1.4 million Palestinians amidst ongoing hostilities.

Qatar, which has long hosted the political bureau of Hamas and provided financial support to the organization, has been a key mediator in attempting to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. In a recent statement, the Qatari government expressed grave concerns over the impending military actions, urging for international intervention to avoid a humanitarian disaster.

The plea from Qatar aligns with warnings from the United Nations, which has also hinted at the potential for genocide if the situation escalates further. 

Despite these warnings, there remains a clear divide in international perspectives, with some viewing the conflict as a defensive measure against Hamas, designated as a terrorist organization by several countries, including Israel and the United States.

While Qatar and the UN call for protection of Rafah's civilian population, other voices argue that the conflict could be swiftly resolved if Hamas were to surrender. 

Critics also suggest that Qatar's influence might be used to encourage Hamas to disarm, though there is little indication that such a move is forthcoming.

© Cyril Precisia 

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