Israeli airstrikes on Rafah reportedly kill 35 after Hamas launches rockets at Tel Aviv | World News

Israeli air raids on Rafah have reportedly resulted in at least 35 fatalities and numerous injuries following a rocket attack by Hamas towards Tel Aviv for the first time in several months. The assault on the southern Gaza city struck tents for displaced residents, according to Palestinian medical personnel. Video from the location displays extensive damage. Nevertheless, Israel’s military stated it targeted a “Hamas compound” in Rafah and eliminated two high-ranking Hamas militants. The military mentioned it is probing civilian harm reports. They claimed the operation neutralized Hamas’s West Bank chief of staff and another senior figure accountable for lethal attacks on Israelis.

Palestinians look at the damages after a fire at the site of an Israeli strike on an area designated for displaced people, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, May 27, 2024. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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The Hamas-controlled health ministry in Gaza reported that at least 35 individuals perished, with “most” being women and children. In an announcement, Hamas denounced the assault on what it claimed was “an area crowded with hundreds of thousands of displaced people.” The attack occurred in the Tel al Sultan neighborhood of western Rafah, where thousands sought refuge after fleeing the eastern parts of the city, where Israeli forces had initiated a ground offensive over two weeks earlier. A representative for the Palestinian Red Crescent Society indicated the death count was expected to climb as search and rescue operations continued. The society mentioned the area had been designated by Israel as a “humanitarian area” and that individuals remain trapped amidst the devastation. The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) indicated in a statement: “The assault targeted legitimate goals under international law, utilizing precise munitions and based on accurate intelligence that pointed to Hamas’ use of the area.” The IDF is conscious of reports suggesting that due to the strike and ensuing fire, several civilians in the vicinity were harmed. The situation is under examination.” On Friday, the International Court of Justice mandated Israel to stop its Rafah offensive, though Israel maintained it is crucial to its self-defence and its objective of completely dismantling Hamas.

Fire rages following an Israeli strike on an area designated for displaced Palestinians, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, in this still picture taken from a video, May 26, 2024. REUTERS/Reuters TV TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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Fire rages after the Israeli strike in Rafah. Pic: Reuters

Hamas fires rockets towards Tel Aviv The assault on Rafah follows Hamas rocket fire from Gaza towards Tel Aviv earlier on Sunday. There were no immediate casualty or damage reports in what seemed to be the first long-range rocket firing from Gaza since January, although Palestinian militants have intermittently launched rockets and mortars at communities near the Gaza boundary since then. Hamas’ military division took responsibility for the attack.

An Israeli missile is launched from the Iron Dome anti-rocket system in the city of Ashdod in 2012. CREDIT: AP

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One of Israel’s Iron Dome defence missiles. File pic: AP

The Israeli military stated that eight projectiles were launched from the southern Gaza city of Rafah, where Israeli forces had recently initiated an incursion, into Israel. The Iron Dome defense system intercepted several of these missiles, it added.

Aid trucks enter Gaza via the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Israel on Sunday. Pic: AP

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Aid trucks enter Gaza via the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Israel on Sunday. Pic: AP

Read more Several nations acknowledge Palestinian state Biden: Gaza situation does not amount to genocide Earlier on Sunday, aid convoys entered Gaza through Israel’s Kerem Shalom crossing for the first time since a new aid arrangement was made. Aid routes were redirected after Egypt closed its part of the Rafah crossing due to Israel’sdecision to take control of the Gaza side.It remains uncertain whether aid organizations will be able to access incoming relief due to continuous clashes in Rafah, however.

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