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Israeli attacks in Rafah killed 18 people, mostly children

Attacks in Rafah

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Israeli airstrikes overnight in the southern Gaza city of Rafah killed 18 people, including 14 children, health officials said Sunday, reports the AP agency.

The United States is close to approving billions of dollars in aid to its closest ally. 

Israel has carried out almost daily airstrikes in Rafah, where more than half of Gaza's 2.3 million people have sought refuge from the fighting. He has also vowed to expand the ground offensive in the city on the border with Egypt, despite international calls for restraint, including from the US.

The US House of Representatives on Saturday approved a $26 billion aid package that includes about $9 billion in humanitarian aid for Gaza, the Associated Press reports. But it remains for the Senate to approve this aid. 

The first attack in Rafah killed a man, his wife and their 3-year-old child, according to the nearby Kuwait Hospital, where the bodies were taken. The woman was pregnant and doctors managed to save the baby, the hospital said.

In the second attack, 13 children and two women were killed, all from the same family, according to hospital records. An airstrike in Rafah the night before killed nine people, including six children.
The Israel-Hamas war has killed more than 34 Palestinians, according to local health officials, and has destroyed Gaza's two largest cities and left a swath of destruction across the territory. About 80% of the population has fled their homes to other parts of the besieged coastal enclave. Experts have warned of a deep food crisis.

The conflict, now in its seventh month, has sparked regional unrest pitting Israel and the US against Iran and allied militant groups across the Middle East. Israel and Iran exchanged live fire earlier this month, raising fears of a full-scale war.

The number of people killed in Rafah rises to 22

2 month ago / 21 April 2024 18:24
Gaza

The number of people killed in the southern Gaza city of Rafah by Israeli attacks has reached 22.

Among the dead are 18 children, health officials said on Sunday, AP reports.

This attack has come at a time when the United States of America is close to approving aid worth billions of dollars to its ally.

Israel has carried out almost daily airstrikes in Rafah, where more than half of Gaza's 2.3 million people have sought refuge from the fighting. He has also vowed to expand the ground offensive in the city on the border with Egypt, despite international calls for restraint, including from the US.