Benjamin Netanyahu described the Israeli bombing of the Rafah displaced persons camp as a “tragic accident” | International | News

Benjamin Netanyahu described the Israeli bombing of the Rafah displaced persons camp as a “tragic accident” | International | News
Benjamin Netanyahu described the Israeli bombing of the Rafah displaced persons camp as a “tragic accident” | International | News

Israel faces a wave of international condemnation this Monday for a bombing that Gaza authorities say killed 45 people in a displaced persons camp in Rafahin the south of the Palestinian territory, governed by the Islamist movement Hamas.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lamented a “tragic accident” and announced that his government was “investigating” what happened.

The bombing was carried out on Sunday night as part of the offensive launched by Israel against Hamas more than seven months ago, following the deadly attack by Hamas Islamist commandos in Israeli territory on October 7.

The Ministry of Health of the Gaza Strip reported that “The massacre” in Rafah had left “45 dead” and “249 injured.”

Several Palestinians inspect the damage after an Israeli army raid on a camp in an area designated for displaced people in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on May 27, 2024. Photo: EFE

According to the Israeli army, the bombing targeted Hamas militants and the planes managed to hit “an installation” of the Islamist group, killing two senior officials.

“The children were screaming.”

The bombing came hours after Hamas fired rockets at the Israeli city of Tel Aviv and other areas of central Israel. Israeli air defenses shot down most of the rockets and no casualties were reported.

According to Gaza’s civil protection agency, the bombing caused a fire that devastated a displaced persons camp northwest of Rafah.

“We saw charred bodies (…) We also saw amputations, injured children, women and the elderly,” said Mohamed al Mughayyir, an employee of the agency.

“We had just finished the night prayer (…) our children were sleeping, suddenly we heard a loud noise and saw fire everywhere. The children were screaming, the noise was terrifying,” said a survivor who did not want to be identified.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said one of its field hospitals was receiving an “influx of wounded seeking care for injuries and burns.”

At least 45 people were killed after Israeli airstrikes hit a designated area in Rafah for displaced people, the Palestinian Civil Defense said. Photo: EFE

Footage recorded by AFP crews on Monday showed charred remains of tents and Palestinian families contemplating the destruction.

After the bombing, Hamas called on Palestinians to “rise up and march” against the “massacre” by the Israeli army.

Global outrage

The UN called on Israel to carry out a “thorough and transparent” investigation into the bombing and the United States urged the country to “take all precautions to protect civilians.”

The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, said on the social network

“We are investigating. “Any loss of life, of civilian life, is serious and terrible,” said Israeli government spokesman Avi Hyman, assuring that Israel “tries to limit civilian casualties.”

The Israeli attack sparked condemnation from several countries in the region.

Egypt denounced an “attack on defenseless civilians,” Jordan accused Israel of committing “war crimes,” and Saudi Arabia condemned “the continued massacres committed by Israeli occupation forces.”

Türkiye vowed to do “everything possible to hold these barbarians and murderers accountable.”

Qatar, which is acting as a mediator with the United States and Egypt to achieve a truce in the conflict and the release of hostages held by Islamists in the Strip, warned that the bombing could “hinder” those negotiations.

The war broke out on October 7, when Islamist commandos killed more than 1,170 people, mostly civilians, in southern Israel, according to an AFP balance based on official Israeli data.

The militants also kidnapped 252 people. Israel claims that 121 remain kidnapped in Gaza, of which 37 have died.

In response, Israel promised to “annihilate” Hamas and launched an air and ground offensive against Gaza, which has so far left 36,050 dead, mostly women and children, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health. (YO)

 
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