New Israeli Attack on Refugee Camp: At Least 21 People Killed

In today's escalation of violence, an Israeli attack on a refugee camp in Rafah has resulted in the deaths of at least 21 people, including 12 women

by Sededin Dedovic
New Israeli Attack on Refugee Camp: At Least 21 People Killed
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An Israeli attack on a refugee tent camp west of Rafah city today killed at least 21 people, including 12 women, according to Gaza health authorities, Reuters reported. According to reports, four tank shells hit tents in Al-Mawasi, a coastal area where Palestinian civilians have moved for safety at the behest of Israeli authorities.

A spokesman for the Israeli army said there was no information yet on the incident. The new massacre occurred two days after an Israeli army attack on a tented refugee camp killed at least 45 Palestinians, more than half of whom were children, women and the elderly.

Meanwhile, Israeli tanks reached the center of Rafah for the first time, three weeks after the start of the offensive on this city in southern Gaza, which caused global condemnation for the high number of civilian casualties, the Voice of America reports.

Reuters reported that Israeli tanks and armored vehicles were seen near the Al-Awda mosque. The massacre at the refugee camp on Sunday drew sharp criticism from world leaders and calls to respect the International Court of Justice's decision to halt the attacks on Rafah.

Due to the mass crimes of the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip, the United Nations Security Council will meet today. The conflict in Gaza has reached a critical point, with escalating violence causing significant civilian casualties and drawing widespread international condemnation.

The latest incidents in Rafah highlight that Israel is not interested in international law, nor is it interested in messages sent from almost the entire world. Humanitarian organizations are calling for an urgent approach to provide aid and support to the affected population, but yesterday a convoy carrying food to the Palestinians was destroyed by a group of settlers who settled in the very border with Gaza.

The Secretary General of the UN himself, Mr. Guterres, said yesterday that the situation in Rafah is equal to horror. It is unclear what Israel's plans are, and how something like this can still happen.