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Palestinian refugees in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

At least six Palestinian civilians were killed and others wounded last night in an Israeli airstrike targeting a house east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, according to local sources, cited by WAFA.

The sources told the official Palestinian news agency that “the occupation forces targeted a house in the Zalata area east of Rafah with an airstrike, resulting in its complete destruction and the murder of all the civilian occupants who were there.”

Ambulance and rescue teams recovered the bodies of six martyrs and several injured individuals from the targeted house, and were then transported to Abu Yousef Al-Najjar Hospital in the city, medical sources said.

Additionally, an Israeli airstrike targeted a civilian house in the Yibna refugee camp in central Rafah, causing several injuries among Palestinian civilians.

Simultaneously, Israeli naval boats fired on the shores of Rafah, while the occupation’s artillery shelled various areas in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 29,514 Palestinians have been killed, and 69,616 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip. 

Palestinian and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

The Israeli aggression has also resulted in the forceful displacement of nearly two million people from all over the Gaza Strip, with the vast majority of the displaced forced into the densely crowded southern city of Rafah near the border with Egypt – in what has become Palestine’s largest mass exodus since the 1948 Nakba.

Israel says that 1,200 soldiers and civilians were killed during the Al-Aqsa Flood Operation on October 7. 


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