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At least 25 refugees died in a new Israeli attack in Rafah | Al Mawasi camp is located in a humanitarian zone in the Gaza Strip

At least 25 refugees died in a new Israeli attack in Rafah | Al Mawasi camp is located in a humanitarian zone in the Gaza Strip
At least 25 refugees died in a new Israeli attack in Rafah | Al Mawasi camp is located in a humanitarian zone in the Gaza Strip

The Israeli Army intensified its attacks this Friday and raids on the heart of the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Stripcausing at least 25 dead and more than 50 injured in an attack on a camp for displaced people and extensive destruction in residential neighborhoods.

The new attack occurred against a displaced persons camp in Al Mawasi, northwest of Rafah, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health in a statement. The Israeli Army said in a note that it had no evidence of having attacked this humanitarian area of ​​Rafah. and claimed to be investigating the incident.

To the 25 deaths we must add that of two other Gazans north of the city, in the Khirbet Al Adas neighborhood. Since the beginning of war conflicteight and a half months ago, More than 37,400 Gazans were killed and about 85,600 injured according to the Strip Health portfolio.

“The city is experiencing a humanitarian catastrophe”

According to Palestinian sources indicated to the EFE news agency, Israeli attacks are now concentrated on Al Auda, in central Rafah, and Tal Al Sultan, a neighborhood in the northwest. The southern and eastern areas have been under attack since Israeli tanks began their incursion into the city on May 6.

The third point of intense military activity, as reported by local sources, continues to be the so-called Philadelphia corridor, the border line with Egypt that Israel aspires to control, according to military sources, in order to cut off the network of tunnels that supplies Hamas. and helps Palestinian militias both rearm and attack.

In this area the destruction of infrastructure is being absolutewhile a kind of buffer strip was created, just like in the residential Saudi neighborhood of Rafah, where units of Army engineers are blowing up buildings.

Ahmed Al Sofi, mayor of Rafah, noted that the city was transformed into an area of ​​Israeli military operations. “The city is experiencing a humanitarian catastrophe and people are dying inside their tents due to Israeli bombings“the mayor stressed in a statement released by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on Telegram.

Al Sofi added that there are no medical centers left functioning in the city and that residents and displaced people cannot meet their daily needs for food and water. According to the United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Middle East (Unrwa), There are 65 thousand displaced people suffering in Rafah. Before the military incursion there were 1.4 million Gazan refugees.

Psychological illnesses and traumas

In northern Gaza the lack of food is also a critical issue. According to data from the UN Agency for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), from July 1 to 18, Of the 61 coordinated humanitarian assistance missions to the north of the Strip, only 28 were facilitated by the Israeli authorities.

Hosam Abu Sfiya, the director of Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza, warned in a statement that the absence of healthy food and clean water accelerates the spread of diseases. “We have not received any essential supplies in the northern Gaza Strip, especially food for children,” he explained.

The reality in the enclave is that only a small minority can eat regularly, due to the absence of food or due to unaffordable prices. Many do it once a day and lack milk and porridge, report organizations on the ground. Furthermore, fuel shortages force us to burn plastic or firewood for cooking.

Some diseases are making a resurgence, such as hepatitis and gastroenteritis. “All we can offer are some medical solutions for malnourished children,” explained Hosam Abu Sfiya. “We demand the entry of fuel, food and medical supplies,” said this health professional.

For its part, the NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF) He warned of the psychological trauma that the war is causing to Gazan children, with some not wanting to continue living surrounded by so much death. “What we’re seeing in young children, especially, are symptoms of depression because they lost everything.”: his parents, his siblings, his house, his toys, everything that made his daily life normal,” the organization lamented in a statement.

More than 10 thousand women without life

Total, The war has so far left more than six thousand Palestinian families without their mothersa number that increases every day, said the UN Women representative in Palestine, Maryse Guimond, to the press through a video call. Guimond maintained that protecting the rights and dignity of the people of Gaza is crucial, especially for women, who bore the brunt of this war.

“Conflicts are never gender neutral”, remarked the representative of the United Nations. Precisely More than 10,000 women have lost their lives since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on Gaza and tens of thousands (including girls) have been injured or amputated.. In that sense, Guimond highlighted the fundamental role of Palestinian civil organizations led by women, some of which he met during his visit.

“Despite facing major challenges such as the destruction of their offices, security risks and reduced funding, Palestinian women’s organizations provide life-saving services such as shelters and psychosocial support,” said Guimond, who explained : “Women tend to step forward when there is a crisis, we have seen it all over the world and we are seeing it now in Gaza.”

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