Updated December 29th, 2023 at 16:39 IST

23 killed, 55 wounded in Israeli airstrike in Rafah as IDF extends ops in southern Gaza

Amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, an Israeli air strike in Rafah killed at least 23 Palestinians including children, jolting Southern Gaza to its core.

Reported by: Bhagyasree Sengupta
Israeli airstrikes engulfs Gaza | Image:AP/File Photo
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Amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war, an Israeli air strike in Rafah killed at least 23 Palestinians including children, making it one of the deadliest attacks Southern Gaza witnessed following the commencement of the ravaging war. Shortly after the reports of airstrikes emerged, Palestinian Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al Qidra confirmed the incident and noted that 55 people were injured by the Israeli strike as well, TRT World reported. The Israeli forces on Thursday bombed one of the buildings in the region which was housing displaced civilians. 

In the videos which are being shared on social media, Palestinians can be seen rushing to a Kuwaiti hospital nearby as local medics and volunteers struggle to bring out people from the rubble. The devastating war which commenced after the Hamas terrorists infiltrated southern Israel on October 7, has already led to the death of over 20,000 Palestinians and driven around 85% of the population of 2.3 million from their homes, Time reported. The Thursday Israeli attack at multiple refugee centres in Southern Gaza indicates that the Israeli forces are planning to extend their ground operation throughout the Strip. 

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Israeli military expresses ‘regret’

Amid all the chaos, the Israeli military said that it “regrets the harm” caused by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) that killed dozens of people in the Maghazi refugee camp in the centre of Gaza earlier this week. Around 86 Palestinians were killed in the Israeli airstrike on the Maghazi camp, east of Deir al-Balah, late on Sunday, The Guardian reported. “The type of munition did not match the nature of the attack, causing extensive collateral damage that could have been avoided,” a military official told Israeli news outlet Kan News. Even IDF noted that some of the attacks were unintended. “A preliminary investigation revealed that additional buildings located near the targets were also hit during the strikes, which likely caused unintended harm to additional uninvolved civilians,” the military wing said in a statement. The Israeli military noted that it "regretted the harm” caused to noncombatants in the incident, saying that the strike had targeted Hamas operatives but caused unexpected harm to civilians who were not involved.

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Published December 29th, 2023 at 07:51 IST