Escalating Israeli Violence in Rafah Leaves Residents in Fear

Escalating Israeli Violence in Rafah Leaves Residents in Fear

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The besieged city of Rafah in Gaza Strip reels from a relentless onslaught, as residential areas bear the brunt of escalating Israeli violence.

In Rafah city, home to 1.5 million displaced Palestinians, the specter of death looms larger as violence escalates, raising the specter of an Israeli ground invasion. Entire families find themselves in the crosshairs, with at least 16 people, including five children, killed in separate overnight attacks. Tragically, one pregnant woman arrived at the hospital already deceased, though doctors managed to save her unborn child's life.

This grim pattern of targeted strikes has intensified in recent weeks, leaving residents reeling with a shattered sense of safety amid the trauma of displacement. Despite international calls to halt any plans for a ground offensive, Israel says it is going ahead with its offensive, ramping up airstrikes and artillery barrages in the densely populated southern Gaza region.

Twelve-year-old Lana Zakout survived a strike on her home, recounting the horror of waking to the roof collapsing and being buried under debris. Her harrowing experience underscores the indiscriminate nature of the attacks, leaving civilians like her in constant peril.

Rafah resident Ahmed Barhoum condemned the international community's inaction, lamenting a world bereft of humanity and driven solely by power dynamics. The ongoing Israeli violence has exacted a heavy toll, with over 34,000 Palestinians killed and nearly 77,000 wounded in Zionist attacks on Gaza since October 7.

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