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Three Israeli soldiers killed and three others injured in booby-trap explosion in Rafah

Israel says it is carrying out limited operations in eastern Rafah along the Gaza-Egypt border

AP/PTI, Reuters Jerusalem Published 30.05.24, 09:54 AM
Palestinians look at the destruction after an Israeli strike where displaced people were staying in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Monday, May 27, 2024.

Palestinians look at the destruction after an Israeli strike where displaced people were staying in Rafah, Gaza Strip, Monday, May 27, 2024. AP/PTI

Three soldiers have been killed in Rafah, the Israeli military said on Wednesday. Israeli media reported that the soldiers were killed when a booby trap exploded on Tuesday, and three other soldiers were wounded. The military says at least 290 soldiers have been killed since the ground operation in Gaza began in October.

Israel says it is carrying out limited operations in eastern Rafah along the Gaza-Egypt border. Palestinians in Rafah reported heavy fighting on Wednesday as Israeli forces pressed their assault on the border town once seen as the territory’s last refuge. The US and other allies of Israel have warned against a full-fledged offensive in the city.

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Israeli leaders say their forces must enter Rafah to dismantle Hamas and return hostages taken in the October 7 attack that triggered the war.

Fighting in Rafah has caused more than 1 million Palestinians to flee, most of whom had already been displaced in the war between Israel and Hamas. They now seek refuge in squalid tent camps and other war-ravaged areas, where they lack shelter, food, water and other essentials for survival, the UN says.

Israeli bombardments and ground offensives in Gaza have killed more than 36,000 Palestinians, according to the health ministry, which doesn’t distinguish between combatants and civilians.

Israel launched its war in Gaza after Hamas’ October 7 attack in which militants stormed into southern Israel, killed some 1,200 people — mostly civilians — and abducted about 250. Israel says around 100 hostages are still captive in Gaza, along with the bodies of around 30 more.

Six ships targeted

The Houthis targeted 6ships in three different seas, including the Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier Laax that was damaged after reporting a Houthi missile attack near Yemen, the Iran-backed group said on Wednesday.

The Houthis also launched attacks against the Morea and Sealady vessels in the Red Sea, the Alba and Maersk Hartford in the Arabian Sea and the Minvera Antonia in the Mediterranean.

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