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Israel Ramps up Strikes on Rafah Following Failed Truce Talks

By Xinhua|May 11,2024

An Israeli self-propelled howitzer fires a shell to the Gaza Strip near the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Israel, on May 8, 2024. (Photo/Jamal Awad, Xinhua)

Gaza - Israel has begun intensive bombardment of Gaza's southernmost city of Rafah on Friday after the talks on the Israel-Hamas truce held in Egypt's Cairo collapsed on Thursday, a local source said.

The number of casualties is not immediately available. The Kuwait Hospital in Rafah has been largely out of operation, the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

Around 110,000 people have fled Rafah in search of safety as Israeli bombardment intensifies in the city, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said on social media on Friday.

Palestinians who fled from Rafah, the southernmost city of the Gaza Strip, are seen at a tent set up at a beach in the southern city of Khan Younis, May 10, 2024. (Photo/Rizek Abdeljawad, Xinhua)

Ten out of 34 UNRWA medical points in Rafah were forced to close and its three operational health centers in the area were operating at reduced capacity, it added.


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