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“The noise of the rockets was deafening”: Rafah endures a night of agony under Israeli bombing

It’s 1:49 a.m. (local time), Sunday evening, in the far south of the Gaza Strip. “Israeli special forces stormed a building in central Rafah,” Israeli army spokesman Daniel Hagari said Monday morning. The IDF has just launched an operation to rescue two Israeli-Argentine hostages held by Hamas since October 7th. It resulted in “about 100 deaths” on the Palestinian side, according to the Islamist movement’s health ministry.

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A “wave of air strikes” hits Israeli troops on the ground. “The sky was red. People were scared and helpless,” Mahmoud* described to Le Parisien. Like 1.4 million Palestinians, he took refuge in Rafah and fled the northern Gaza Strip at the start of the conflict. “We are still alive,” he first responds in a message, and then talks about the night from Sunday to Monday.

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Source: Le Parisien

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