Hassouna mentioned his kin had been killed a minimum of 4km from the army operation.
“We had been displaced from the north, we have now nothing to do with something. Why did you bomb us? Please justify.”
Israel’s army mentioned airstrikes had coincided with the raid to permit its forces to be extracted.
Individuals in Rafah mentioned two mosques and a number of other residential buildings had been hit in additional than an hour of strikes by Israeli warplanes, tanks and ships, inflicting widespread panic amongst Gazans woken from their sleep.
“Dying was so close to as shells and missiles landed 200m from our tent camp,” Gaza businessman Emad, a father of six, informed Reuters by way of a chat app. He mentioned it was the worst evening of bombing since they arrived in Rafah final month.
Some feared Israel had begun a long-expected floor offensive within the metropolis, the place greater than 1,000,000 individuals displaced by Israel’s conflict on Hamas are sheltering with nowhere else to go.
“Everybody mentioned it was a shock floor assault. My household and I mentioned our final prayers,” Emad mentioned.
A relative of one of many hostages mentioned he had seen each freed males in hospital following their rescue and located them “a bit frail, a bit skinny, a bit pale” however general in good situation.
Idan Bejerano, Hare’s son-in-law, mentioned the hostages had each been sleeping when “inside a minute” the commandos had been within the constructing and overlaying them as they fought the captors.
They had been now being handled in Israel’s Sheba hospital, its director Professor Arnon Afek mentioned.
Hamas mentioned the assault on Rafah was a continuation of a “genocidal conflict” and compelled displacement makes an attempt Israel has waged in opposition to the Palestinian individuals.
Hamas militants killed 1,200 individuals in southern Israel, within the Oct 7 incursion that sparked the conflict, in line with Israeli tallies. Israel says Hamas has 4 battalions in Rafah.