STORY: :: Palestinians flee areas of Rafah as blast sounds echo in the streets

:: May 28, 2024

:: Ahmed al-Namleh, Displaced Palestinian

"We don't know where we are going. We woke up at 6 in the morning, at 5.30, from the shelling and rockets. We are going... God knows where. We don't have tents, and we don't have anything. We have children with us. We have more people to transport, my aunt and my mother-in-law. They are under the shelling and I will go and get them. There is no transportation. There is nothing, in terms of means to live. This is what we woke up to at 5.30 in the morning."

Israel pounded Rafah with airstrikes and tank fire on Tuesday, pressing its offensive in Gaza's southern city despite an international outcry over an attack on Sunday that sparked a blaze in a tent camp, killing at least 45 Palestinians, more than half of them children, women and the elderly.

Since that strike, at least 26 more people have been killed by Israeli fire in Rafah, officials in the enclave run by Hamas militants said.