Displaced Palestinians Seek Shelter in Rafah on Gaza’s Border with Egypt Amid Israeli Attacks
GAZA/MANAMA/JERUSALEM: In southern Gaza’s Rafah area, Israeli missiles and air strikes hit three residences, resulting in the death of at least 20 Palestinians, according to Gaza health officials on Tuesday.
Despite concerns for their safety, tens of thousands of displaced Palestinians have sought refuge in Rafah on Gaza’s border with Egypt, fleeing Israeli bombardments in the northern regions.
Early on Tuesday, residents in Khan Younis, another city in southern Gaza, reported intense gun battles between militant Hamas fighters and Israeli forces. Israeli tanks and aircraft targeted areas near the city center, as reported by residents.
An official from the World Health Organization (WHO) stated on Monday that the Kamal Adwan hospital in northern Gaza, previously raided by Israeli troops last week, is no longer operational. Patients, including infants, have been evacuated.
“We cannot afford to lose any hospitals,” emphasized Richard Peeperkorn, the WHO representative for Gaza. Peeperkorn also expressed concern that around 4,000 displaced individuals taking shelter in the Nasser medical complex grounds in Khan Younis are at risk as Israel conducts military operations in the area.
The Gaza health ministry reported on Monday that 19,453 Palestinians have lost their lives, with 52,286 wounded, during the more than two months of Israeli assaults on the Hamas-ruled enclave.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to achieve complete victory over Hamas. According to Israeli counts, Hamas fighters killed 1,200 people and took 240 hostages in a surprise raid into Israel on October 7.
The escalating Israeli retaliation against Hamas has raised alarm among governments and international organizations regarding the civilian death toll, hunger, and homelessness.
Raed, a 45-year-old father of four who has relocated his family twice, expressed the exhaustion of Gazans trying to survive. He stated, “Money has lost its value, most items are not available. We rose from our beds after surviving a night of bombardment to tour the streets searching for food, we got tired.” Raed pleaded for peace, a truce, or a ceasefire, urging an end to the ongoing conflict.