• Friday, 21 June 2024

Airstrike in Rafah Kills 35 Amid Rising Tensions; EU Urges Compliance with ICJ Ruling

Airstrike in Rafah Kills 35 Amid Rising Tensions; EU Urges Compliance with ICJ Ruling

At least 35 people were killed late Sunday in an Israeli airstrike targeting a camp near Rafah, according to Palestinian health authorities. The strike, which the Israeli military described as an operation against a Hamas compound, has drawn widespread condemnation from Arab nations and intensified international scrutiny.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) stated that the airstrike aimed at a "Hamas compound" in Rafah, suggesting that the location was being used for militant activities. However, local sources reported significant civilian casualties, exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza.

In response to the escalating violence, the European Union's foreign policy chief reiterated the bloc's call for an immediate halt to the offensive. The statement comes in light of a recent International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling, which called for an end to the Rafah offensive, citing concerns over civilian safety and adherence to international law.

The EU's stance aligns with broader international calls for de-escalation. "The implementation of the ICJ ruling is essential to prevent further loss of innocent lives and to uphold international legal standards," stated the EU's top diplomat.

Arab nations have vociferously condemned the airstrike. Statements from several countries in the region emphasized the need for an immediate ceasefire and the protection of civilians. These nations have urged the international community to take a firmer stance against the ongoing military actions in Gaza.

The situation in Rafah remains tense as the international community watches closely, urging all parties involved to prioritize the protection of civilians and to seek a peaceful resolution to the conflict.