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22 killed in Israeli airstrike on Rafah refugee camp, say local health officials

On Monday, Israeli strikes on the southern city of Rafah in Gaza resulted in the deaths of 22 people and injuries to dozens, according to local health officials. Residents reported heavy bombing that caused widespread panic as many were asleep when the attacks began. Some feared Israel was launching a ground offensive into Rafah.

The Israeli military stated that it had conducted a “series of strikes” on southern Gaza, which have now ended, but did not provide further details. Prior to previous assaults on Gaza cities, Israel’s military had not prepared any specific evacuation plans for civilians.

On Sunday, U.S. President Joe Biden spoke with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and advised against launching a military operation in Rafah without a credible plan to protect civilians. Aid agencies warned that an attack on Rafah would be catastrophic as it is the last relatively safe place in an enclave devastated by Israel’s military offensive.

Biden and Netanyahu discussed the situation for about 45 minutes, just days after Biden expressed concern over the rising civilian death toll in Gaza following Israel’s military response to Hamas militants killing 1,200 people and abducting at least 250 during their October 7 incursion into southern Israel. The Hamas-run health ministry reported that Israel has responded with a military assault on the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 28,000 Palestinians.

By Editor

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