Israeli airstrike takes down 9 Palestinians in Gaza’s Rafah – Heartbreaking loss in the thick of conflict

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At least nine Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike on the southernmost Gaza city of Rafah, eyewitnesses and medical sources said Thursday, reported Xinhua.

An Israeli drone targeted a gathering of Palestinians near a cemetery east of Rafah with a missile, killing six people, local sources told Xinhua, adding the bodies were transferred to Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in the city, with some of them being dismembered.

In addition, three Palestinians were killed, and several others were injured in an Israeli raid in the al-Jneina neighborhood east of Rafah, according to the sources. The casualties were transferred to the same hospital, the sources said.

Meanwhile, Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich told Israeli media that the Israeli army continues to target the infrastructure of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).

The army is preparing to expand its operations to include Rafah, Deir al-Balah, and other cities in the central Gaza Strip, he said, noting the operations will be similar to Wednesday's raid in Nuseirat, with the aim of eliminating "terrorism" and disarming Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces have conducted intensive bombardments in the vicinity of the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza since Wednesday night, resulting in casualties.

This came as the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement, announced that its members shot down an Israeli "quadcopter" aircraft and seized it while it was carrying out reconnaissance missions in the central Gaza Strip airspace.

Israeli army spokesperson Avichay Adraee confirmed in a statement on the X platform that the 162nd Brigade had launched a surprise military campaign in the central Gaza Strip since Wednesday night.

Israel has been launching a large-scale offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip to retaliate against a Hamas rampage through the southern Israeli border on Oct. 7, 2023, during which about 1,200 people were killed and more than 200 were taken hostage.

The war has killed at least 33,482 Palestinians and wounded 76,049 others since its outbreak, the Palestinian Health Ministry said on Wednesday.


  1. Emily Carter says

    It is devastating to hear about the loss of lives in Gaza due to the Israeli airstrike. The violence needs to stop, and both sides must prioritize peaceful solutions to prevent further casualties.

  2. MollyJohnson82 says

    How can such deadly actions bring peace to the region? Will these ongoing airstrikes really solve the conflict in Gaza?

    1. MarkWilliams79 says

      Unfortunately, the cycle of violence in Gaza seems never-ending. These airstrikes only deepen the wounds of conflict, leaving no room for lasting peace to take root.

  3. EmilySmith129 says

    Why did the Israeli army decide to expand its operations to include more cities in Gaza, leading to more casualties and destruction?

    1. MichaelJohnson87 says

      Hey EmilySmith129, the Israeli army’s decision to expand its operations comes as part of their effort to combat what they perceive as a threat to their security. The ongoing conflict has led to a cycle of violence and retaliation, making it challenging to find a peaceful resolution. Unfortunately, this escalation often results in more casualties and destruction, further exacerbating the already devastating situation in Gaza.

  4. EmilySmith says

    How can such devastating violence ever lead to peace in the region?

    1. ChrisJohnson says

      Devastating violence like this only perpetuates the cycle of conflict, making it even harder to achieve peace in the region.

  5. JennaWilliams91 says

    Such devastating news from Gaza. The continuous airstrikes only perpetuate the cycle of violence and bring tragedy to innocent civilians. It’s crucial for both sides to strive for peaceful solutions and prioritize the protection of human lives above all else.

  6. EmilyJones87 says

    How can such tragic losses be justified in the name of fighting “terrorism”? Where does the line between defense and aggression blur in this never-ending conflict?

    1. JohnSmith72 says

      In times of conflict, the distinction between defense and aggression often becomes blurred, leading to tragic losses like the one in Rafah. It’s a complex and heartbreaking situation with no easy answers.

  7. EthanScribe says

    Eager to show strength, the Israeli military’s ongoing assault against Gaza heightens tensions further, risking more civilian lives. Such actions escalate conflict rather than facilitating any lasting peace. It’s crucial for both sides to seek diplomatic solutions to end this cycle of violence and avoid further senseless tragedies.

  8. Emily Waters says

    It’s truly devastating to hear about the loss of innocent lives in Rafah due to the Israeli airstrike. The ongoing conflict only brings heartbreak and suffering to both sides. It’s crucial for all parties involved to prioritize peaceful solutions and strive for an end to the violence.

  9. EmilyJones says

    How can such tragic loss be justified in the midst of conflict? When will the cycle of violence end?

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