Israeli airstrike in Rafah kills 2 Hamas leaders and many civilians.

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Israeli airstrikes in Rafah, Gaza, have resulted in the deaths of two senior Hamas officials along with numerous civilian casualties. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed targeting a Hamas compound, citing intelligence indicating significant Hamas presence.

Reports suggest the airstrike killed Yassin Rabia, a Hamas leader in Judea and Samaria, and Khaled Nagar, a senior Hamas official. The IDF alleges their involvement in past terrorist attacks against Israelis.

However, civilian casualties raise concerns, with at least 35 Palestinians reported dead and many more wounded. Search and rescue efforts continue in Rafah’s Tal al-Sultan neighborhood, despite it being designated a “humanitarian area” by Israel.

This incident follows Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel, triggering air raid sirens in Tel Aviv. While there were no immediate casualties from the rocket barrage, it marks a significant escalation in tensions between Israel and Hamas.

As the situation unfolds, both sides must consider the humanitarian impact and strive for a peaceful resolution to avoid further loss of life and suffering.

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