STORY: :: Rafah, Gaza

Displaced Palestinians in Rafah made their way through mangled tents and scattered belongings on Tuesday...

after an early morning Israeli airstrike killed Palestinians sheltering there, according to Gaza health officials.

"We want to go but we don't know where to go," says Manal Tanboura. "They told us this was a safe place."

Israel's military denied striking a tent camp west of Rafah on Tuesday, after Gaza health authorities said Israeli tank shelling had killed more than 20 people there.

Witnesses told Reuters tanks had advanced to the heart of Rafah for the first time during Israel's three-week-old assault on the southern city.

:: May 26, 2024

The latest bombardment comes days after an Israeli attack set off a fire at a Rafah tent camp...

:: May 27, 2024

...that killed at least 45 people.

The incident sparked global condemnation and calls for the implementation of a World Court order for Israel to stop its assault.

Israel said it had targeted Hamas commanders and had not intended to cause civilian casualties.

:: Israeli Army

REAR ADMIRAL DANIEL HAGARI: "This is a devastating incident..."

An Israeli army spokesperson said the military was investigating the possibility that munitions stored near a compound targeted in Sunday's airstrike may have ignited the blaze.

"Our munition alone could not have ignited a fire of this size."

:: Dublin, Ireland

Meanwhile, in a diplomatic move purportedly aimed at speeding up efforts towards a ceasefire...

IRISH TAOISEACH SIMON HARRIS: "Ireland formally recognizes the state of Palestine..."

Spain, Ireland and Norway officially recognized a Palestinian state.

:: Madrid, Spain

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said the country is recognizing a unified Palestinian state, including the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, under the Palestinian National Authority with East Jerusalem as its capital.

"The recognition of Palestine is not against anyone, least of all Israel..." // "Our decision reflects our absolute rejection of Hamas..."

Israel says it wants to root out Hamas fighters holed up in Rafah and rescue hostages it says are being held in there.

According to the U.N.'s Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA, around a million people have fled the Israeli offensive in Rafah since early May, many of them repeatedly displaced by shifting waves of the war.

:: Ashkelon, Israel

:: October 7, 2023

Israel's assault on Gaza began after the Oct. 7 Hamas-led attacks that killed around 1,200 people and saw more than 250 hostages seized, according Israeli tallies.

:: Deir al-Balah, Gaza

:: May 24, 2024

More than 36,000 Palestinians have been killed in Israel's offensive, according to Palestinian health officials.