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Eyewitnesses describe horrific scenes after Israeli strike on Rafah camp

At least 45 people were killed in the attack, the Gaza Health Ministry said

JERUSALEM - A deadly Israeli airstrike on a tent camp in Rafah late Sunday drew widespread international condemnation Monday - focusing further scrutiny on Israel's controversial offensive against Hamas in the south and the desperate plight of Gaza's civilians.

Witnesses described a horrific scene late Sunday as fires tore through the makeshift encampment in the Tal al-Sultan neighborhood, killing at least 45 people, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Parents were burned alive in their tents while children screamed for help. Doctors recounted struggling to treat gruesome shrapnel wounds with dwindling medical supplies.

In an address to parliament Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Rafah strike a "tragic accident." It was a departure from public statements by the Israeli military, which had previously referred to a targeted strike on a Hamas compound using "precise munitions" and "precise intelligence."


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