Over 52 Killed in Fierce Airstrikes by the Zionist Regime in Rafah
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Despite widespread warnings about an impending attack on Rafah, a gathering place for over 1.5 million Palestinian refugees, Gaza news sources reported heavy air and artillery assaults initiated by the Israeli army across various areas of Rafah.
According to news outlets, the Zionist army conducted intense airstrikes on northern Rafah, situated in the southernmost part of the Gaza Strip and bordering Egypt.
Reports from Al Jazeera indicate a fierce confrontation near Rafah's Kuwaiti hospital between occupying soldiers and Palestinians. Hundreds of refugees, seeking shelter from aerial bombardment, have sought refuge at the hospital.
Additionally, Al Jazeera reported Israeli warplanes targeting several houses and mosques in densely populated areas of Rafah. City vehicles and ambulances, transporting casualties of the Zionist attacks, including at least one child, arrived at Kuwait Hospital.
The attacks on Rafah come as more than 1.5 million Palestinian refugees from northern and central Gaza seek sanctuary there, following Israel's designation of Rafah as a safe zone for Palestinians.
Confirming the heavy assaults, the Palestinian Red Crescent reported at least 52 fatalities and dozens injured, including several children, in various parts of Rafah.
In recent days, numerous human rights organizations and international actors have cautioned against any military operation by the occupying army in Rafah.
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry, in a statement on Sunday, warned of dire consequences from the occupation army's assault on southern Gaza's Rafah, urging international pressure on Israel.
President Joe Biden discussed the Israeli military operation's humanitarian impact in Rafah during a Sunday evening phone call with the Prime Minister of the Zionist regime, emphasizing the need for a safety plan for the million-plus Palestinians in the area.
According to reports from Al-Aqsa TV, a Hamas leader stated that any attack by the Israeli regime army on Rafah could jeopardize ongoing prisoner exchange negotiations.
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