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Fighting rages in Rafah as Israel steps up invasion despite intl. outcry

Fighting between the Palestinian resistance forces and Israeli troops have raged in Gaza after Tel Aviv vowed to intensify its ground invasion in Rafah.

Witnesses on Friday reported fierce battles overnight in and around the Jabalia refugee camp in the north of the war-ravaged Gaza Strip.

Israeli helicopters carried out heavy strikes around Jabalia, while artillery units shelled homes near Kamal Adwan Hospital in the camp.

According to Gaza’s Civil Defense agency, the bodies of six people were retrieved and several wounded people were evacuated after an air strike targeted a house in Jabalia,

Rescue teams were trying to recover people from under the rubble of the Shaaban family home on al-Faluja Street in the camp, it said.

Israeli tanks also surrounded the entrance of Beit Hanoon town, where some families from Jabalia have fled to take refuge.

Israel sends more troops to Rafah, expands military invasion

Israel sends more troops to Rafah, expands military invasion

At least 600,000 Palestinians have already fled Rafah to other areas in the strip after Israel intensified its military invasion there.

The Israeli military vowed to “intensify” its ground invasion in Rafah despite international concerns for the hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians in the southern city.

Israeli minister of military affairs Yoav Gallant on Thursday said “additional forces will enter” the Rafah area on the border with Egypt and “this activity will intensify.”

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the onslaught on Rafah was a “critical” part of the regime’s plans.

Witnesses said Israeli warships launched strikes on Rafah, where more than 1.4 million Palestinian civilians have been sheltering.

Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, said in a statement that it “targeted enemy forces stationed inside the Rafah border crossing… with mortar shells”.

In the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces killed a young Palestinian man and injured a child as confrontations erupted during raids against Bal’a and Anabta towns.

Local sources said a convoy of Israeli army vehicles stormed Bal’a, triggering clashes. Israeli soldiers then opened live bullets at local youths and teenagers, who attempted to block their entry, critically injuring 23-year-old Karim Rayeq Abdul-Raouf I’mair.

I’mair was rushed to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead later on.

The soldiers shot and injured another youth and prevented paramedics from reaching the scene, leaving him to bleed on the ground.

During the raid, the gun-toting soldiers showed up at the family house of Mohammad Abu Yassin, who is currently behind bars in an Israeli detention center, took pictures and interrogated the family.

Israel ‘intentionally’ destroyed Gaza schools, health centers: Rights group

Israel ‘intentionally’ destroyed Gaza schools, health centers: Rights group

A Geneva-based rights group says Israel “intentionally” demolished schools and medical facilities during its genocidal war on the Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces also stormed the nearby town of Anabta, sparking confrontations. The soldiers fired barrages of gunfire towards local protesters. A 16-year-old teenager was struck in the thigh as a result.

The teenager was rushed by the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) paramedics to a nearby hospital.

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