Israeli army enters center of Rafah

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Israeli army enters center of Rafah

Israeli tanks on Tuesday marched towards the center of Rafah, the southernmost city in the Gaza Strip, as tens of thousands of residents fled to evade an Israeli ground offensive, reported Xinhua, quoting a local source.

The source told Xinhua that the tanks had reached the Al-Geneina neighborhood and were advancing towards the city center "amid heavy gunfire."

The Israeli tanks' advance to these areas, following hours of intense air and artillery bombardment on Rafah last night, marks an expansion of the ground operation initiated by the Israeli army in the eastern region of Rafah a few days ago, the source added.

In a joint press statement, the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, and the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, announced that their militants had targeted Israeli forces in Rafah.

They claimed that their militants had "destroyed a troop carrier with a shell in the Al-Salam neighborhood, east of the city of Rafah."

In a separate statement, the Al-Quds Brigades added that they had targeted Israeli soldiers and vehicles near the Rafah crossing using mortar shells.

Nearly 450,000 people have been forcibly displaced from Rafah since May 6, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East said in a statement on Tuesday.

"People face constant exhaustion, hunger and fear. Nowhere is safe. An immediate ceasefire is the only hope", the statement added.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

4 Comments
  1. EmilySmith123 says

    Is there any news on the impact of the Israeli army’s entry into the center of Rafah on the residents’ safety and access to essential services?

    1. JamesJohnson456 says

      Hi EmilySmith123, based on reports from Xinhua, the Israeli army’s entry into the center of Rafah has led to tens of thousands of residents fleeing to avoid the ground offensive. The situation seems dire with heavy gunfire reported as tanks advanced towards the city center. The impact on residents’ safety and access to essential services is a major concern as the conflict escalates. Let’s hope for a swift resolution and a return to safety for all affected.

  2. EmilyDavis86 says

    It is heartbreaking to see the escalation of violence in Rafah. The civilians in the area are facing unimaginable hardships and fear. Immediate intervention is necessary to prevent further devastation.

  3. SarahJohnson87 says

    It is heartbreaking to see the ongoing conflict in Rafah leading to the displacement of so many innocent civilians. The escalation of violence only brings more suffering and destruction to the region. Immediate ceasefire and peaceful resolution should be the top priority to prevent further tragedies.

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