White House issues stark warning to Israel over 'devastating' air strike on Rafah that killed two senior Hamas terrorists and dozens of civilians as Middle East tensions boil

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By Emily Goodin, Senior U.S. Political Reporter At The White House

Published: 14:05 EDT, 27 May 2024 | Updated: 14:11 EDT, 27 May 2024

The White House connected Monday issued a informing to Israel complete an aerial onslaught that killed dozens of group successful a campy for displaced Palestinians successful Rafah.

'The devastating images pursuing an IDF onslaught successful Rafah past nighttime that killed dozens of guiltless Palestinians are heartbreaking,' a spokesperson for President Joe Biden's National Security Council said.

'Israel has a correct to spell aft Hamas, and we understand this onslaught killed 2 elder Hamas terrorists who are responsible for attacks against Israeli civilians. But arsenic we've been clear, Israel must return each precaution imaginable to protect civilians. We are actively engaging nan IDF and partners connected nan crushed to measure what happened, and understand that nan IDF is conducting an investigation.'

At slightest 45 group were killed by nan blast and consequent fires, according to nan Gaza wellness ministry, including 23 women, children and older people. The ministry said that 249 group were wounded. 

Israel's onslaught connected Rafah killed astatine slightest 45 civilians

Yassin Rabia, a Hamas commander, and Khaled Nagar, different elder Hamas official, were nan targets and were killed.

Israel's subject said it was investigating nan civilian deaths.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called nan civilian deaths a 'tragic accident.'

Netanyahu said nan Israeli Defense Forces tried to minimize civilian deaths by asking Gazans to evacuate, but 'despite our ultimate effort not to harm uninvolved civilians, a tragic mishap occurred to our regret past night.'

He accused Hamas of hiding among nan wide population, saying:  'For us, each uninvolved civilian who is wounded is simply a tragedy. For Hamas it's a strategy. That's nan full difference.' 

The onslaught caused a occurrence that blazed done nan campy successful nan Rafah governorate's Tal Al-Sultan area, reducing tents and shelters to ashes.

Footage released by nan Palestinian Red Crescent Society showed chaotic nighttime scenes of ambulances racing to nan onslaught tract and evacuating nan wounded, including children.

As Palestinians cleared nan tract connected Monday, only blackened metallic sheeting and charred planks remained, nan shelter shelters having been each but obliterated.

The onslaught came aft nan International Court of Justice ordered Israel to instantly halt its violative of Rafah and officials are trying to restart ceasefire negotiations. 

A Palestinian man and his children beryllium successful a destroyed room pursuing nan targeting aliases a residential building by an Israeli airstrike successful Rafah successful nan confederate Gaza

President Joe Biden's management admonished Israel complete nan attack

It caused caused world outrage.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he was 'outraged' complete Israel's latest attacks. 'These operations must stop. There are nary safe areas successful Rafah for Palestinian civilians,' he said connected X.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock and nan EU overseas argumentation main Josep Borrell said nan International Court of Justice ruling must beryllium respected.

'International humanitarian rule applies for all, besides for Israel's behaviour of nan war,' Baerbock said.

Additionally, Israeli forces exchanged gunfire pinch Egyptian troops on their shared separator that resulted successful nan decease of astatine slightest 1 Egyptian soldier. 

The IDF this day reported a 'shooting incident' astatine nan separator adjacent to nan crossing into Gaza, adding that it was discussing nan rumor pinch nan Egyptian authorities but revealed nary further information. 

'A fewer hours ago, a shooting incident occurred connected nan Egyptian border. The incident is nether reappraisal and discussions are being held pinch nan Egyptians,' nan subject said this day successful a statement.

Cairo quickly confirmed nan shooting arsenic a subject spokesperson said authorities had opened an investigation into nan incident.  

Source dailymail