greater than 50 Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes on Rafah | EUROtoday

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BEnjamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister, had ordered his military to arrange an offensive on Rafah, the place a lot of the inhabitants of the Palestinian territory is presently massed, in accordance with the UN. On the night time of Sunday February 11 to Monday February 12, the city situated on the border with Egypt suffered a sequence of airstrikes, killing 52 Palestinians, in accordance with Hamas, in energy in Gaza.

The terrorist group had warned that such an offensive would “torpedo” any settlement for the discharge of the hostages it nonetheless holds in Gaza. After finishing up this operation, Israel introduced that it had launched two hostages: “Fernando Simon Marman, 60 years old, and Louis Har, 70 years old, were recovered during a night operation in Rafah carried out jointly by the Shin Beth army ( Internal Security, Editor’s note) and the Israeli police,” in accordance with a press launch from these providers.

In whole, fourteen homes and three mosques in numerous areas of Rafah had been hit, in accordance with the Hamas authorities. The Israeli military mentioned in a press release that it had “carried out a series of raids against terrorist targets in the south of the Gaza Strip,” including that they’d ended. These strikes, of higher depth than in latest days, brought on clouds of smoke, famous AFP journalists and witnesses.

READ ALSO Hamas-Israel conflict: “first” steps in the direction of a brand new truce?Rafah has turn out to be the final refuge for Palestinians caught on the closed border with Egypt, numbering 1.4 million in accordance with the UN, the overwhelming majority of displaced individuals having fled the conflict which has raged for 4 months between Israel and the Islamist motion. The metropolis is a big encampment, the final city heart the place the Israeli military has not but penetrated and the primary entry level for humanitarian help, inadequate to satisfy the wants of the inhabitants threatened in the course of winter by famine and The epidemics.

No extra escape for Palestinians

US President Joe Biden urged the Israeli Prime Minister, in a phone interview on Sunday, to “guarantee the security” of the Palestinian inhabitants whereas a number of states warned of a “humanitarian catastrophe” within the occasion of assault on the overpopulated metropolis. “Under current conditions”, Washington “could not support a military operation in Rafah due to the density of the population”, indicated a senior official of the American administration, stressing that the civilian inhabitants has “nowhere where to go “.

“Victory is within reach,” Benjamin Netanyahu declared on the American channel ABC News, calling Rafah the “last bastion” of the “Hamas terrorist battalions.” Israel will present “safe passage for the civilian population so that they can leave” town, he added, with out specifying the place civilians might take refuge.

READ ALSO Hamas-Israel: the conflict of numbers“I don't know where we will go” within the occasion of an offensive on Rafah, testified Farah Mohammad, who fled Gaza City, within the north of the territory. “There is no longer any place to escape,” confides this 39-year-old mom, who has misplaced all contact together with her husband for a month.

100 hostages

Around 250 individuals had been kidnapped in Israel on October 7 and brought to Gaza. Per week-long truce in November allowed the discharge of 105 hostages in alternate for 240 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. According to Israel, 132 hostages are nonetheless being held in Gaza, of whom 29 are believed to have died.

READ ALSO In Israel, the hostage situation polarizes societyFurthermore, the Israeli police and military introduced that they’d killed two Palestinians answerable for stabbing assaults on Sunday night, one on a police checkpoint in occupied and annexed East Jerusalem, and the opposite in opposition to an Israeli soldier in a dam close to Bethlehem, within the occupied West Bank. The Health Ministry of the Palestinian Authority, which governs the autonomous areas of the West Bank, reported a 35-year-old Palestinian killed by Israeli forces close to Bethlehem. The Palestinian killed in East Jerusalem was a 15-year-old resident of town, the official Palestinian Wafa company reported.