Aid groups 'horrified' by Israeli massacre in Rafah: Reports

Ahram Online , Monday 27 May 2024

Different reports said aid groups were horrified by an Israeli strike on a displacement camp in Gaza’s southern city of Rafah that has killed 40 Palestinians.

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Palestinians gather at the site of an Israeli strike on a camp for internally displaced people in Rafah on May 27, 2024. AFP

 

“Information coming out of Rafah about further attacks on families seeking shelter is horrifying,” the UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA said on X.

“There are reports of mass casualties including children and women among those killed. Gaza is hell on earth. Images from last night are yet another testament to that,” it added.

Gaza's civil defence agency said Monday that the death toll from Israeli airstrikes on a displacement camp in Rafah had risen to 40, with many bodies "charred" due to bombing fires.

"The massacre committed by the Israeli occupation army in the refugee tents northwest of Rafah city in the southern Gaza Strip has left 40 martyrs and 65 wounded," Mohammad Al-Mughayyir, a senior official at the civil defence agency, told AFP.

"We saw charred bodies and dismembered limbs ... We also saw cases of amputations, wounded children, women, and the elderly," he said, adding that rescue efforts were facing major challenges.

"There is a fuel shortage ... some roads have been destroyed, which hinders the movement of civil defence vehicles in these targeted areas," Al-Mughayyir added.

"It is also hard to extinguish fires due to the water shortage," he continued.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said dozens of dead and injured people were brought to a trauma stabilization supported by the group, the Guardian reported.

“We are horrified by this deadly event which shows once again that nowhere is safe,” MSF said on X.

ActionAid described the Israeli strike as an “atrocious” attack, according to the Guardian.

Nobody’s safety is guaranteed in Gaza, the charity said in a statement, reiterating its calls for an immediate ceasefire.

“These shelters were supposed to be safe havens for innocent civilians, yet they became targets of brutal violence. Children, women, and men are being burned alive under their tents and shelters,” the London-based organization added.

 

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