‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 129: Israel Bombards Rafah, Killing more than 60 in a Night – Yumna Patel 2/12/24

Source: Mondoweiss.net

67 Palestinians, including babies and children, were killed Sunday night as Israel intensified bombing in Rafah, where over 1 million Palestinians are sheltering, in preparation for a ground invasion that experts warn would amount to genocide.


  • 28,340+ killed* and at least 67,984 wounded in the Gaza Strip.
  • 380+ Palestinians killed in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem
  • Israel revises its estimated October 7 death toll down from 1,400 to 1,147.
  • 566 Israeli soldiers killed since October 7, and at least 3,221 injured.**

*This figure was confirmed by Gaza’s Ministry of Health on Telegram channel. Some rights groups put the death toll number closer to 35,000 when accounting for those presumed dead.

** This figure is released by the Israeli military, showing the soldiers whose names “were allowed to be published.”

Key Developments: 

  • Hamas’ military wing says Israeli bombing kills two Israeli captives and wounds of eight others, it is unclear where the attacks took place.
  • CENTCOM: US carries out “self-defense strikes” in Yemen.
  • UNICEF: Civilians in Rafah must be protected as they have nowhere to go.
  • UN: At least 395 displaced people killed in UNRWA shelters since October 7
  • 100 Palestinian bodies recovered from Gaza City after Israeli troops withdrew, most killed by sniper bullets.
  • Israel says two captives rescued from Rafah in southern Gaza, claims they are in good medical condition.
  • In the last 24 hours, Israeli forces killed 164 people and injured 200 in Gaza, a ministry statement on Telegram said.
  • At least 67 Palestinians killed in overnight Israeli airstrikes in Rafah, says the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
  • Israeli forces kill Palestinian man in occupied West Bank
  • In four months, 17 settlement plans for over 8,400 housing units were advanced in occupied East Jerusalem.
  • Israel spends at least 7 million dollars on zionist Super Bowl advertisement.
  • Dutch court orders Netherlands to halt delivery of F-35 jet parts to Israel.
  • US Senator Bernie Sanders: “No one in Congress” should support the Biden administration sending military aid to Israel, Netanyahu’s “war machine” is responsible for an “unprecedented humanitarian disaster.”
  • Military expert: Israeli army invasion of Rafah would lead to genocide, considering over a million Palestinians are living in 60 square kilometers, reported Al Jazeera
  • Dutch court orders government to halt delivery of F-35 fighter jet parts used by Israel in its attacks on Gaza, saying there is a “clear risk” that the parts being exported by the Netherlands are being used in “serious violations of international humanitarian law”.
  • Israel ‘deports’ 51-year-old Palestinian journalist from occupied West Bank to Gaza Strip.

Israel bombards Rafah ahead of planned ground invasion

The Israeli military has ramped up its attacks on Rafah in southern Gaza as it prepares for a possible ground offensive on the Palestinian city, which has become one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

Rafah, which borders Egypt, is the last key city that Israeli troops have yet to enter. The area was once designated a “safe zone,” although it has been subjected to constant air attacks since Israel’s offensive began.

Overnight on Sunday, the military intensified their air raid on the city, killing at least 67 Palestinians, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, including babies and children.

The strikes have resulted in significant destruction in Rafah, damaging homes, businesses, and mosques, which, according to Al Jazeera, are hosting 1.4 million Palestinians. …

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