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Israel Hamas War News Highlights: US urges Israel to protect civilians after ‘devastating’ Rafah strike

Israel Hamas War News Highlights: The area was reportedly not among those ordered to be evacuated by the Israeli military as it prepared for the assault on Rafah.
Israel Hamas War News Live: Smoke rises from a fire in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, near the Israel-Gaza border, as seen from Israel, May 26, 2024.
Israel Hamas War News Live: Smoke rises from a fire in Gaza, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, near the Israel-Gaza border, as seen from Israel, May 26, 2024.

Israel Hamas War News Highlights: At least 45 people were killed and dozens were injured in Hamas-controlled Gaza after multiple Israeli rockets struck Rafah in a "target on Hamas militants." The Gaza health ministry said that the strikes affected "many children and women," according to the Associated Press. The Israeli military said it carried out the strike based on “precise intelligence” and killed two “senior” Hamas officials responsible for operations in the West Bank....Read More

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- The strike occurred two days after the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to stop its operations to protect civilians.

- Israel's army said on Sunday that at least eight rockets were fired from Rafah towards central Israel, targeting Tel Aviv for the first time in months.

- Earlier on Sunday, dozens of aid trucks entered Gaza from southern Israel under a new agreement to bypass the Rafah crossing with Egypt after Israeli forces took control of the Palestinian side earlier this month. The Israeli military stated that 126 aid trucks entered via the nearby Kerem Shalom crossing.

- It was unclear if humanitarian groups could access the aid, including medical supplies, due to ongoing fighting. The crossing has been mostly inaccessible because of Israel's offensive in Rafah, and U.N. agencies report it is often too dangerous to retrieve the aid.

- According to Gaza's Health Ministry, nearly 36,000 Palestinians have been killed in the war between Israel and Hamas, with no distinction between civilians and fighters in their count. Israel attributes civilian deaths to Hamas because militants operate in densely populated residential areas.

- Approximately 80% of Gaza's 2.3 million residents have fled their homes, severe hunger is widespread, and United Nations officials report that parts of the territory are experiencing famine.

- Hamas initiated the war with its October 7 attack last year on Israel, during which Palestinian militants killed about 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and took around 250 hostages. Hamas still holds about 100 hostages and the remains of approximately 30 others after releasing most during a ceasefire last year.

(With inputs from agencies)

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May 28, 2024 12:00 AM IST

Israel Airstrike and Death of Egyptian Guard Ratchet Up Tensions

An Egyptian soldier was killed during a clash with Israeli troops at a Gaza border crossing on Monday while an Israeli airstrike on Sunday killed at least 40 Palestinians at a camp for displaced people, further inflaming regional tensions over the Israel-Hamas war.

Egypt’s military confirmed that a border guard died at the Rafah border crossing on Monday, in bloodshed that threatened to escalate tensions with Israel.

Separately, the airstrike at the camp northwest of the Gazan city of Rafah drew international condemnation. Israel acknowledged the death of dozens of people in the strike, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called “a tragic mistake” in an address to the Knesset.

Bloomberg

May 27, 2024 11:11 PM IST

Israel faces global outcry over Gaza strike that set tent city ablaze

vIsrael faced international criticism on Monday after a strike in Gaza reportedly killed 45 people and caused a fire that swept through a tent city for displaced Palestinians.

Israel stated it was investigating the "grave and awful" impact on civilians after this latest incident in the ongoing Gaza war, which began on October 7.

Tensions increased further with a "shooting incident" reported on Monday by the Israeli and Egyptian militaries. This incident, in the border area between Egypt and southern Gaza, resulted in the death of one Egyptian guard. Both forces are investigating the incident.

May 27, 2024 10:50 PM IST

Israeli PM Netanyahu acknowledges ‘tragic mistake’ after Rafah camp strike | Read

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged Monday that a “tragic mistake” had been made after an Israeli strike in the southern Gaza city of Rafah set fire to a tent camp housing displaced Palestinians and killed at least 45 people, according to local officials. Read More

May 27, 2024 10:26 PM IST

EU agrees to revive Rafah mission, Borrell criticises Israel's Netanyahu

The European Union agreed in principle on Monday to revive an EU civilian mission at Rafah, a city in the southern Gaza Strip next to Egypt, but said it would need accords from all sides to press ahead, the bloc's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.

Speaking at a monthly meeting of EU foreign ministers, Borrell also accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of using false claims of antisemitism against the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his own political ends.

May 27, 2024 10:18 PM IST

UN rights chief expresses 'horror' at Israeli strike on Rafah camp

The UN human rights chief voiced "horror" Monday at a deadly Israeli air strike on a displacement camp in Rafah in the south of the war-ravaged Gaza Strip, demanding "accountability".

"The images from the camp are horrific and point to no apparent change in the methods and means of warfare used by Israel that have already led to so many civilian deaths," Volker Turk said in a statement.

He voiced his "horror at the further loss of civilian life in Gaza", the statement said.

Israel has faced a wave of international condemnation over Sunday's strike on the Al Hashash area in Rafah, which according to Gaza officials killed 45 people when the strike set off a fire that ripped through a tent city for displaced Palestinians.

May 27, 2024 9:53 PM IST

US urges Israel to protect civilians after "devastating" Rafah strike, White House says

The United States urged Israel on Monday to take every precaution to protect civilians after "devastating images" from a military strike in Rafah that killed dozens of Palestinians.

"Israel has a right to go after Hamas, and we understand this strike killed two senior Hamas terrorists who are responsible for attacks against Israeli civilians," a National Security Council spokesperson said. "But as we’ve been clear, Israel must take every precaution possible to protect civilians.

May 27, 2024 9:36 PM IST

Recap | Netanyahu acknowledges 'tragic mistake' in Israeli strike on Rafah that killed dozens

Israel faced new condemnation Monday for strikes on the southern Gaza city of Rafah that local health officials said killed at least 45 Palestinians, including displaced people living in tents that were engulfed by fire. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said there had been a “tragic mistake” and that Israel was investigating.

Israel has faced surging international criticism over its war with Hamas, with even some of its closest allies, particularly the United States, expressing outrage at civilian deaths. Israel insists it adheres to international law even as it faces scrutiny in the world’s top courts, one of which last week demanded that it halt the offensive in Rafah.

May 27, 2024 9:08 PM IST

Israel PM says deadly Rafah strike a 'tragic incident'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday a deadly strike that hit a displacement camp in Gaza's Rafah was a "tragic incident" which his government was "investigating".

"In Rafah, we evacuated a million uninvolved residents, and despite our best efforts a tragic incident happened yesterday (Sunday)," Netanyahu told parliament, adding that "we are investigating the case and will draw the conclusions" after Gaza officials reported 45 dead as the Israeli strike caused a fire.

May 27, 2024 8:44 PM IST

Egypt Soldier Killed In Clash With Israel Forces at Rafah Border

An Egyptian soldier was killed in a clash with Israeli forces at the Rafah border crossing, in a potentially a major escalation in tensions between the two nations.

Egypt’s military confirmed a border guard died on Monday. The Israel Defense Forces said “a shooting incident occurred on the Egyptian border,” without giving any more detail. “The incident is under review and discussions are being held with the Egyptians.”

Israel’s Army Radio said Egyptian troops first opened fire at Israeli soldiers at the border post between Gaza and Egypt.

May 27, 2024 7:56 PM IST

Devastation after Israeli strike on Rafah camp

Men cleared away the charred debris of shelters and children salvaged food in Gaza's southern city of Rafah on Monday after an Israeli strike torched a camp for displaced Palestinians.

"People were not just injured or killed, but charred," 24-year-old Mohammed Hamad told AFP in the aftermath of the strike that killed at least 45 people.

"My cousin's daughter, a child no more than 13, was among the martyrs. She had no features at all because shrapnel tore off her face."

Israel's military said its aircraft "struck a Hamas compound in Rafah" on Sunday night, killing two senior officials for the Palestinian militant group in the occupied West Bank.

May 27, 2024 7:44 PM IST

Israeli strike on Rafah shows 'contempt' for ICJ ruling: African Union

An Israeli air strike on Rafah that killed 45 people in a displacement camp according to Hamas officials reflected "contempt" for a recent ruling by the top UN court, the head of the African Union Commission said Monday.

May 27, 2024 7:22 PM IST

Israel faces new condemnation over Rafah strikes, which local health officials say killed 45

Israel faced new condemnation on Monday for strikes on the southern Gaza city of Rafah that local health officials said killed at least 45 Palestinians, including displaced people living in tents that were engulfed by fire.

Israel has faced surging international criticism over its war with Hamas, with even some of its closest allies, particularly the United States, expressing outrage at civilian deaths. Israel asserts that it adheres to international law even as it faces scrutiny in the world's top courts, one of which last week demanded that it halt its offensive in Rafah.

May 27, 2024 6:40 PM IST

Rafah strikes could 'hinder' Gaza truce talks: mediator Qatar

Israel's latest strikes on a displaced people's camp near Gaza's southern city of Rafah could hinder talks towards a truce and hostage release deal, mediator nation Qatar said on Monday.

The foreign ministry voiced "concern that the bombing will complicate ongoing mediation efforts and hinder reaching an agreement for an immediate and permanent ceasefire".

Qatar, alongside the United States and Egypt, has been engaged in months of talks aimed at securing a truce deal between Israel and Hamas in the devastated Gaza Strip.

But behind-the-scenes negotiations reached a stalemate earlier this month as Israel sent ground forces into Rafah.

May 27, 2024 6:07 PM IST

Israel looking into 'grave' Rafah strike that caused civilian casualties: Israeli govt

Israel is looking into 'grave' Rafah strike that caused civilian casualties, the Israeli government said on Monday.

May 27, 2024 5:24 PM IST

Israel says Rafah civilians may have died from fire set off by strike

Initial findings of an Israeli investigation into a mass-casualty event in the Gazan city of Rafah are that an air strike against Hamas commanders set off a fire which killed Palestinian civilians, government spokesperson Avi Hyman said on Monday.

May 27, 2024 4:48 PM IST

Death toll in Israeli airstrike at Rafah rises to 45

Death toll in Israeli airstrike at Rafah mounted to 45 on Monday evening.

May 27, 2024 4:32 PM IST

France's Macron: Outraged by Israeli strikes that have killed many displaced persons in Rafah

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said he was "outraged" over Israel's latest strikes on Rafah that killed dozens of displaced persons.

"These operations must stop. There are no safe areas in Rafah for Palestinian civilians," Macron said on social network X.

May 27, 2024 4:03 PM IST

Turkey will 'do everything possible' to hold Israel to account over Rafah strikes: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that his country would do "everything possible" to hold "barbaric" Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to account over deadly strikes in Rafah.

May 27, 2024 3:48 PM IST

UN court order demanding that Israel halt its Gaza offensive further isolates the US position

A U.N. court's order that Israel halt its offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah has deepened a disconnect with the United States over a military operation that faces mounting international condemnation but that American officials describe, at least for now, as limited and targeted.

The decision Friday by the International Court of Justice in The Hague adds to the pressure facing an increasingly isolated Israel, coming just days after Norway, Ireland and Spain said they would recognize a Palestinian state, and the chief prosecutor of a separate international court sought arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as leaders of Hamas.

May 27, 2024 3:15 PM IST

EU set to discuss Rafah mission, Borrell criticises Israel's Netanyahu

The European Union aims to agree in principle on Monday to press ahead with an EU border mission at Rafah, a city in the southern Gaza Strip abutting Egypt, the bloc's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said.

Speaking before a monthly meeting of EU foreign ministers, Borrell also accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of using false claims of antisemitism against the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his own political ends.

May 27, 2024 2:53 PM IST

Israel Hamas War News Live: Dozens Killed as Israel Strikes Tent City in Rafah Assault

At least 40 Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike at a camp for displaced people in the southern city of Rafah late Sunday, the Hamas-run ministry of health said.

The strike came two days after the International Court of Justice issued a ruling that many interpreted as ordering Israel to halt its operations so as to save civilians.

The Israeli military said it carried out the strike based on “precise intelligence” against “legitimate targets under international law” and that it killed two “senior” Hamas officials responsible for operations in the West Bank.

May 27, 2024 2:29 PM IST

Israel Hamas War News Live: Saudi Arabia condemns Israel's latest attack on Rafah

Saudi Arabia condemned Israel's attack on Rafah, "the latest of which is targeting the tents of displaced Palestinians near the warehouses of UNRWA northwest of Rafah", the foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Israel's top military prosecutor described the air strike as "very grave" on Monday and said an investigation by the armed forces continued.

May 27, 2024 2:09 PM IST

Israel Hamas War News Live: Egypt condemns Israel's 'deliberate bombardment' of Rafah displaced

Egypt on Monday condemned what it called the "deliberate bombardment by Israeli forces of displaced peoples' tents" in Rafah, in strikes which Gaza's civil defence agency said killed at least 40 people.

The Egyptian Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling on Israel to "implement the measures ordered by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) concerning an immediate cessation of military operations" in Rafah.

The ministry condemned the strike as "a new flagrant violation of the provisions of international humanitarian law".

It deplored the "tragic event" and denounced the "targeting of defenceless civilians" and "a systematic policy aimed at widening the scope of death and destruction in the Gaza Strip to make it uninhabitable".

May 27, 2024 12:11 PM IST

Israel Hamas War News Live: EU members Ireland, Spain, and Norway say they will recognise Palestinian state

Israel Hamas War News Live: EU members Ireland and Spain, and also Norway, have said they will recognise a Palestinian state from Tuesday, drawing furious Israeli condemnation.

"In order to make peace, we need a strong Palestinian Authority, not a weaker one," said the EU's foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, who met in Brussels with Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Mustafa.

Mustafa, whose government is based in the occupied West Bank, said the "first priority" was to support the people in Gaza, especially through a ceasefire, and then "rebuilding the institutions of the Palestinian Authority" in the territory after Hamas seized it from the PA in 2007.

(AFP)

May 27, 2024 10:03 AM IST

Israel Hamas War News Live: Palestinian Authority presidency in West Bank called the killings ‘heinous massacre’

Israel Hamas War News Live: Recent conflict has focused on Rafah, where Israel's military initiated a ground operation in early May, despite significant opposition due to concerns for the safety of civilians seeking refuge there.

The Palestinian Authority presidency in the West Bank denounced it as a "heinous massacre," alleging that Israeli forces intentionally targeted the tents housing displaced individuals.

According to Gaza's civil defence agency, Israeli airstrikes resulted in the deaths and injuries of at least 50 people in the region, where approximately 100,000 displaced individuals reside.

(AFP)

May 27, 2024 9:27 AM IST

Israel Hamas War News Live: A tent city in Rafah's northwest region was hit

Israel Hamas War News Live: The region, situated in the northwest of Rafah, was densely packed with tents housing individuals seeking refuge from the city's ongoing assault, a situation cautioned against by the Biden administration due to the threat to civilian lives.

Videos circulating on social media depicted flames engulfing tents while residents retrieved the deceased and injured.

"Our teams are working tirelessly to preserve lives," stated the International Committee of the Red Cross, affirming their efforts to provide medical care to those affected by the attack at a makeshift hospital. "It is crucial to safeguard civilians."

May 27, 2024 8:39 AM IST

Israel Hamas War News Live: Ambulance crews transported ‘large number’ of people killed and injured in Gaza

Israel Hamas War News Live: The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that its ambulance crews transported “a large number” of individuals killed and injured in the Rafah strikes. The Palestinian presidency in the West Bank labelled it a “heinous massacre,” accusing Israeli forces of “deliberately targeting” the tents of displaced people.

Gaza's civil defence agency stated that Israeli strikes resulted in the deaths and injuries of at least 50 people in the area, where it claimed 100,000 displaced individuals reside. Hamas urged Palestinians to "rise up and march" against the Israeli army's "massacre" in Rafah.

May 27, 2024 8:12 AM IST

Israel Hamas War News Live: Israel PM Netanyahu on offensive against Palestine

Israel Hamas War News Live: Netanyahu pledged to continue the offensive before a war cabinet meeting amid intense diplomatic efforts to negotiate a ceasefire and a hostage-release agreement. He has consistently rejected Hamas's demand for a permanent resolution to the conflict, which began with the Palestinian militant group's attack on October 7.

A senior Israeli official, speaking anonymously to AFP, stated that the war cabinet would “address a potential hostage-release agreement” on Sunday.

Before the meeting, Netanyahu's office stated that Yahya Sinwar, Hamas's leader in Gaza, “insists on ending the war, the IDF's withdrawal from Gaza, and allowing Hamas to remain in power, enabling them to carry out further attacks like those on October 7.”

(AFP)

May 27, 2024 7:51 AM IST

Israel Hamas War News Live: At least 35 people killed in airstrike on Rafah; dozens injured

Israel Hamas War News Live: At least 35 people in Gaza were killed late Sunday in an Israeli airstrike on a camp for displaced people in Rafah, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

The strike followed a ruling by the International Court of Justice two days earlier, ordering Israel to stop its operations to protect civilians.

Israel's army stated that its aircraft "struck a Hamas compound in Rafah," killing Yassin Rabia and Khaled Nagar, both senior officials of the Palestinian militant group in the occupied West Bank.

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