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Israeli Airstrike Hits Rafah Tent Camp

Israeli airstrike on Rafah camp kills dozens, raising international alarm.
GAZA, PALESTINE, 07.10.2023. — Photo by thenews2.com / DepositPhotos
GAZA, PALESTINE, 07.10.2023. — Photo by thenews2.com / DepositPhotos

On Sunday night, local time, May 26, 2024, an Israeli airstrike hit a tent camp for displaced Palestinians in northwestern Rafah. 

According to DR, the Palestine Red Crescent Society reported that Israeli forces had previously declared the camp, which is located in Tel al-Sultan, a “humanitarian area”. 

The Hamas-controlled Gaza Health Ministry said that the strike ignited a fire, killing at least 35 people, with the Palestinian Civil Defense reportedly stating on Monday that the number had risen to at least 40 deaths. 

According to The New York Times, Doctors Without Borders reported receiving more than 15 dead and many more wounded at their trauma stabilization center. 

On Sunday night, Israel Defense Forces said on X that, “the strike was carried out against legitimate targets under international law,” although acknowledging that it was “aware of reports indicating that as a result of the strike and fire that was ignited several civilians in the area were harmed,” saying that the incident was under review. 

A few of hours later, also on X, the IDF called the airstrike “precise,” saying it had eliminated two prominent Hamas officials.

However, on Monday, May 27, Major General Yifat Tomer Yerushalmi, a top Israeli military prosecutor said at a conference hosted by Israel’s bar association that the incident was “very grave” and “under an investigation,” Reuters reports.

On Sunday afternoon, sirens sounded in Tel Aviv, as the city was attacked by Hamas rockets for the first time since January. 

According to the IDF, eight projectiles were fired from the Rafah area. The forces stated that “Hamas fires rockets toward Israeli cities and continues to systematically exploit civilian areas.

Also on Sunday afternoon, the IDF reported that 15 missiles had been fired at Israel from Lebanon, TV2 reports. 

No major damages, injuries or fatalities have been reported.

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