what we know about the Israeli strike which left dozens dead in Rafah

what we know about the Israeli strike which left dozens dead in Rafah
what we know about the Israeli strike which left dozens dead in Rafah

At least 35 people were killed in an Israeli strike in Rafah late on Sunday, May 26, according to figures released by Hamas. The Palestinian presidency denounces an “atrocious massacre” and accuses Israel of having targeted civilians.

A strike by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip killed at least 35 people late Sunday, May 26, in Rafah, according to the Hamas government media office. Dozens of other civilians were injured and the human toll could exceed 100 victims, according to a spokesperson for the UNWRA, a United Nations agency, quoted by our colleagues at Sky News.

The strike targeted tents of displaced people next to a UNWRA center, explained in the evening the Palestinian Red Crescent, which described “horrible” scenes in the Tal al-Sultan neighborhood, in the northwest. from Rafah.

• Many refugees on site

Several dozen people were on site when the strike was carried out by the Israeli army. The images broadcast by witnesses and relayed massively on social networks show significant destruction and a bloody human toll.

“Many people remain trapped under the flames and in tents destroyed by the bombing,” the Palestinian Red Crescent indicated in the evening. The first report communicated by the Hamas media office reported at least 30 dead. During the night from Sunday to Monday, it was reassessed at 35 victims.

• The Israeli army assures that the strike targeted “a Hamas compound”

In a statement, the Israeli army confirmed that the strike “was carried out in the Tal al-Sultan area, northwest of Rafah, based on specific intelligence.” “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,” the IDF explained in a statement.

According to Israel, two Hamas officials were killed: Yacine Rabia and Khaled Nagar. The Israeli army further indicated that it was aware of reports that several civilians in the area were injured.

Earlier on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was “firmly opposed” to ending the war in the Gaza Strip, as a meeting of his war cabinet was held against a backdrop of intense diplomatic negotiations to achieve a truce.

• Hamas calls on Palestinians to “march”

The Palestinian presidency and Hamas accused Israel of committing a “massacre” by targeting a center for displaced people near Rafah. “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 UNRWA.

“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 walk in anger,” Hamas wrote in a statement.

• In France, the left denounces a massacre

Many left-wing leaders, particularly from La France insoumise, denounced this Israeli strike. “Horror. The abominable massacre of the tents of the refugee camp in Gaza sums up what the assassins of this army of war criminals and their leaders are,” writes Jean-Luc Mélenchon on X.

The leader of La France insoumise calls for a “breakdown of cooperation with the Netanyahu government and its economy”, an “arms embargo”, and recognition of the State of Palestine. The First Secretary of the PS, Olivier Faure, affirms for his part that Benjamin Netanyahu “is committing the worst in Rafah” and denounces a butchery.

“Tomorrow a rally must be held in front of the Israeli embassy and nowhere else,” wrote Rima Hassan, candidate for the European elections for LFI, on the night of Sunday to Monday.

The Israeli strike was carried out just 48 hours after a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordering Israel to suspend its operations in Rafah. Earlier this month, the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court requested arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas leaders for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Gaza strip.

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