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Israeli attack on Rafah kills 45, prompts international outcry

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Published: 09:42, 28 May 2024   Update: 09:45, 28 May 2024
Israeli attack on Rafah kills 45, prompts international outcry

Israel has attacked a refugee camp in Gaza's Rafah city. At total of 45 people were killed in the camp in the attack. The attack prompted an outcry from global leaders who urged the implementation of a World Court order to halt Israel's assault.

Reuters reported that fire originated in the camp on Sunday night after an Israeli airstrike. Israel claimed they targeted Hamas fighters.

Survivors said families were preparing to sleep when the strike hit the Tel Al-Sultan neighbourhood where thousands were sheltering after Israeli forces began a ground offensive in the east of Rafah over two weeks ago.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he was "outraged" over Israel's latest attacks. "These operations must stop. There are no safe areas in Rafah for Palestinian civilians," he said on X. Several thousand demonstrators later gathered in Paris to protest against the offensive in Gaza.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and the EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the International Court of Justice ruling must be respected.

Italian Defense Minister Guido Crosetto said Israel is sowing hatred, which will involve its children and grandchildren.

The African Union Commission under Moussa Mahamat Faki, said the State of Israel continues to violate international law with impunity and in contempt of an ICJ ruling two days ago ordering an end to its military action in Rafah.

'Images of charred bodies, including children, from airstrike in Rafah are unbearable,' says Foreign Ministry.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the Israeli strike in Rafah, saying ... This horror must stop.”

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