Netanyahu admits strike on Rafah went “tragically wrong” as world leaders condemn civilian deaths

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Gaza health officials say at least 45 people are dead after an Israeli airstrike on a tent camp in Rafah. Israel’s military launched the attack after it intercepted rockets fired by Hamas into Israel over the weekend. Israel says two senior Hamas officials were killed in the attack, but the strike also triggered a massive fire that engulfed tents and structures and killed dozens who were already displaced.

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the airstrike in the area of Rafah was not intended to cause civilian casualties and would be investigated. Meanwhile, Israeli National Public Diplomacy Directorate spokesperson Avi Hyman said that Hamas was carrying out terrorist activities under the cover of their own civilian population in “a double war crime.”

“In Rafah, we already evacuated about one million non-combatant residents and despite our utmost effort not to harm non-combatants, something unfortunately went tragically wrong,” Netanyahu said in a speech in parliament that was interrupted by shouting from opposition lawmakers. “We are investigating the incident and will reach conclusions, because this is our policy.”

On the world stage, Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly said that Canada is “horrified” by the images coming out of Rafah and that “the killing of innocent civilians is completely unacceptable.” Irish Foreign Minister Micheál Martin said that Israel’s actions were “in violation of the International Court of Justice,” while European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that “it proves that there is no safe place in Gaza.”

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45 COMMENTS

  1. Netanyahu:

    "The most moral army"

    "heroes of light"

    "chosen by God to vanquish darkness"

    "It's our mission to destroy this great evil"

    Also Netanyahu: not actually targeting hamas……. ?

  2. America: we are “very concerned”
    Also America: we have asked our ally to” investigate” themselves ?
    Ally: oppsie, we made a mistake, my bad – and oh, please send us some more weapons (you know which ones ?)
    America: see our ally has the most moral army in the world – nothing to see here – no G side happening just 40,000 + civilians – no biggie

  3. I want proof that “woman and children were burned alive” the one thing that has bin true from the beginning, is that HAMAS LIES!
    This bombing happened close to the encampment, (not on). Andthe fire spread onto the tents. There was enough time, for the ppl living in the tents, to flee. That’s why we should have all the facts, before condemning isreal.
    Let’s also not forget about how the UN has publicly acknowledged that the number of deaths that have been reported in Gaza, has bin cut back by 50% (ish). But for some reason, this has barely bin mentioned ???

  4. Hamas keeps ammunition among civilians and when Israel attacks them their ammunition explodes and hits them

    Hamas uses Palestinian civilians as human shields and the whole world to hurt Israel diplomatically.
    hamas does not say that kidnapping raping and murdering israelis is a tragic mistake!

  5. Jagmeet Singh is hypocrital. Children were beheaded and burned alive along with their families on Oct. 7th ! Where was his outrage then ? Over 1200 people were murdered in an unprovoked massacre and where was the outrage from Singh and JT ? Clearly they have double standards !

  6. how dark is it he keeps repeating bringing back hostages when there are none… and even if hamas wanted to give them back in what condition? where are they kept when they are running from missiles and bombs. the use of these hostages is just a political and a way to continue the genocide

  7. Those who support Israel, did they see how many babies they burn ? We don’t believe this liar anymore since he killed thousands of innocent Palestinian children. We want justice for Palestinian!

  8. I don't understand how he can be so concerned about the " non combatants" yet he does his absolute best to not let any food, medicine or supplies in for the same innocent families and children . Something doesn't add up in the extreme right war cabinet

  9. So how is the world going to stop Israel from killing all of the Palestinians? (genocide). Will the world go to war against Israel? (I don't think so). Israel would kill millions of Palestinians and the world will do nothing but talk, only talk, nothing else, and Israel knows that fact.

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