Israeli Strike on Rafah Kills At Least 45 People

An Israeli airstrike targeted a tent city in the northwest of Rafah, a city located in the Gaza Strip, resulting in at least 45 deaths. The attack occurred near the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) warehouses.

Eyewitnesses reported that Israeli warplanes launched at least eight rockets at the camp, causing a large number of tents to burn. The strike claimed the lives of at least 45 individuals.

Earlier, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) stated that the airstrike in Rafah successfully eliminated a key Hamas leader, Yassin Rabia. Rabia was responsible for orchestrating terrorist activities in the Israeli regions of Judea and Samaria, transferring funds for terrorist purposes, and planning attacks throughout the area. Additionally, a high-ranking official of the militants was also killed.

In early May, Israel’s war cabinet decided to expand its operations in Rafah. It was reported that the operation would be limited to avoid upsetting the administration of US President Joe Biden, who warned that a military operation in the city could lead to the United States halting the supply of offensive weapons.

On May 20, the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leaders, accusing them of war crimes and crimes against humanity.



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