Israel-Hamas conflict: Israeli strikes kill at least 35 people in a camp

Israel-Hamas conflict: Israeli strikes kill at least 35 people in a camp
Israel-Hamas conflict: Israeli strikes kill at least 35 people in a camp

Israeli strikes kill 35 in displaced persons camp

Published: 05/26/2024, 11:57 p.m.

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The Palestinian presidency and Hamas have accused Israel of having committed a “massacre” by targeting a center for displaced people near Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, with the Israeli army saying for its part it had struck a complex in which “major terrorists” were operating.

“This atrocious massacre perpetrated by the Israeli occupying forces is a defiance of all international resolutions,” the Palestinian presidency wrote in a statement, accusing Israel of having “deliberately targeted” the Barkasat displaced persons camp, managed by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) northwest of Rafah.

“Horrible massacre”

According to the Hamas authorities, in power in the Gaza Strip, at least 35 people were killed and dozens of others injured in this bombing.

“In light of the horrific Zionist massacre committed this evening by the criminal occupying army against the tents of the displaced, we call on the masses of our people in the West Bank, in Jerusalem, in the occupied territories and abroad to stand up and march in anger,” the Islamist movement wrote in a statement.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said its ambulances transported “a large number” of people killed or injured in the attack. According to Gaza Civil Defense, 50 people were killed or injured.

“Legitimate targets”

The Israeli army claimed for its part that one of its planes had “struck a Hamas compound in Rafah in which important terrorists were operating”, including two leaders of the movement in the West Bank, Yacine Rabia and Khaled Nagar.

“The strike was carried out against legitimate targets under international law, through the use of precise munitions and on the basis of precise intelligence indicating the use of the area by Hamas,” she said in a statement. She further indicated “that she is aware of information according to which several civilians in the area have been injured.”

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