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Mortar attack injures 10 Israeli soldiers at Rafah Crossing in southern Gaza

May 13, 2024 at 8:37 pm

Israel continues to deploy soldiers, tanks, military aircraft and armored vehicles near the Gaza Border as Israeli attacks continue on Gaza on May 1, 2024 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Ten Israeli soldiers were injured in a mortar attack at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday, according to Israeli Army Radio.

Three soldiers were in serious condition, the broadcaster said, Anadolu Agency reports.

The Israeli army seized control of the Palestinian side of the Rafah Crossing on the border with Egypt on 7 May, a vital route for humanitarian aid into the besieged Gaza Strip.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees, (UNRWA), said that nearly 360,000 Palestinians have fled Rafah since Israel launched its attack on Rafah last week.

Nearly 35,100 Palestinians have been killed and over 78,800 others injured in a brutal Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip since the Hamas attack that killed nearly 1,200 people on 7 October, 2023.

However, since then, it has been revealed by Haaretz that helicopters and tanks of the Israeli army had, in fact, killed many of the 1,139 soldiers and civilians claimed by Israel to have been killed by the Palestinian Resistance.

More than seven months into the Israeli war, vast swathes of Gaza lay in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water and medicine.

Israel is accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). In an interim ruling in January, the Hague-based International Court of Justice (ICJ) said it is “plausible” that Tel Aviv is committing genocide in Gaza, ordering it to stop such acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in the enclave.

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