35 killed as Israel bombs camp for displaced Palestinians, houses in Rafah; Gaza death toll 36,000

Widespread destruction and deaths in Rafah as Israel continues bombardment killing nearly 36,000 Palestinians since October 7, 2023.

At least 35 people were killed and numerous others injured as Israel targeted a camp for displaced people and residential homes in Rafah, a city in southern Gaza, Anadolu Agency reported quoting medical sources and officials.

The strike took place near the UNRWA logistics base in Tal al-Sultan, said the Gaza Media Office, which reported that Israeli aircraft used missiles and 2,000-pound bombs.

Gaza’s civil defence force stated it had transported 50 people, both dead and injured, after the bombing.

The camp sheltered at least 100,000 displaced individuals.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society noted its ambulance teams were transporting victims to nearby medical centers. Witnesses reported ongoing fires in the area, Anadolu Agency reported.

At least 35,984 Palestinians have been killed and 80,643 injured in Israel’s military offensive on Gaza since October 7.

A Palestinian paramedic described the scene, saying many child victims were recovered, some in severely fragmented conditions. The Gaza Media Office labeled the incident a clear message from Israel to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the international community that attacks on civilians in Gaza persist.

Following the initial strike, Israeli warplanes bombed two homes in Rafah, causing further fatalities and injuries.

The overall death toll from the airstrikes on Sunday evening reached 35, with many more injured.

The Gaza Health Ministry reported that Rafah’s hospitals were overwhelmed and unable to handle the influx of victims.

Hamas condemned the bombing as a war crime and blamed US support for enabling Israel’s actions.

Palestinian presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh called for urgent intervention to stop the crimes against Palestinians criticised US support for Israel.

Since the conflict began last October, nearly 36,000 Palestinians have been killed, and the Gaza Strip has been extensively damaged, leaving most residents homeless and at risk of famine.

This attack occurred despite an ICJ ruling ordering Israel to cease its offensive in Rafah, where over a million Palestinians had sought refuge before the invasion on May 6.

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