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International Outrage Israel Rafah Tent Massacre Slowed IDF Offensive

Israel continues deadly military offensive despite international outrage, targeting displaced Palestinians in so-called safe zones, resulting in mass casualties.

Israel's ongoing deadly military offensive in Gaza has sparked international outrage after multiple attacks on displacement camps resulted in the deaths of dozens of Palestinians. The attacks, which destroyed so-called safe zones housing displaced individuals, have drawn condemnation from around the world.

The first attack targeted a displacement camp in Tal al-Sultan, setting tents ablaze and resulting in the deaths of at least 45 people, with hundreds more wounded. Gruesome footage showed the devastating aftermath, with charred corpses and injured survivors, including women and children. Despite claims of precision targeting by the Israel Defense Forces, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu later referred to the bombing as a "tragic mistake."

Less than 48 hours later, another makeshift tent camp in a designated civilian evacuation zone was bombed by Israeli forces in Al-Mawasi. This attack resulted in the deaths of at least 21 people, with more than half being women and girls. The Gaza Health Ministry reported the horrifying scene of people collecting human remains and the destruction caused by the shelling.

While the IDF denied targeting the humanitarian area in Al-Mawasi, Palestinian journalists on the ground refuted these claims. The area had been designated as safe, as indicated by leaflets dropped by Israeli forces earlier in the year. Despite this, the attacks continued, with Tal al-Sultan also being bombed, resulting in additional casualties.

The U.S., a staunch ally of Israel, has maintained its policy of supporting the IDF despite the international outcry. The ongoing military campaign, which began eight months ago, has resulted in the deaths of thousands of Palestinians, displacement of the majority of the population, and destruction of infrastructure, leading to a humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

The recent attacks in Rafah come in the wake of orders from the International Court of Justice to halt military operations and calls for arrest warrants for leaders of both Israel and Hamas from the International Criminal Court. The situation in Gaza remains dire, with the international community calling for an end to the violence and accountability for those responsible for the atrocities.

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