Israel launches airstrikes on Rafah, kills at least 52

AFP , Ahram Online , Monday 12 Feb 2024

​Heavy Israeli air strikes hit densely crowded Rafah in southern Gaza on Sunday night, killing at least 52 people, according to the Palestinian health ministry in Gaza.

A smoke plume erupts during Israeli bombardment over Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on February 11, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas. Photo: AFP


AFP journalists and witnesses heard an intense series of strikes and saw smoke billowing above the city, which now hosts more than half of Gaza's total population after they were displaced by the fighting.

The strikes hit 14 houses and three mosques in different parts of Rafah, according to the Hamas government.

The Israeli army has confirmed it carried out a wave of airstrikes against "significant" targets in the Shaboura area in southern Gaza's Rafah.

An army spokesman said the strikes have concluded and did not provide further details.


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