Arab Countries Condemn Israeli Airstrike on Rafah Camp for Displaced People

Arab Countries Condemn Israeli Airstrike on Rafah Camp for Displaced People

Fire rages following an Israeli strike on an area designated for displaced Palestinians in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on 26 May. (Photo: Reuters)

Several Arab countries condemned on Monday the Israeli airstrike on tents housing displaced people in the city of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, calling it “tragic” and urging the UN Security Council to intervene to end the Israeli military operations in the enclave and Rafah, Anadolu news agency reported.

At least 35 people were killed and dozens injured as Israel targeted a camp for displaced people and houses in the city on Sunday.

“Egypt condemns in the strongest terms the deliberate Israeli airstrike on tents of displaced people in the Palestinian city of Rafah, which resulted in hundreds of casualties,” the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The statement described the airstrike as “a blatant violation of the provisions of international humanitarian law and the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 on the protection of civilians in times of war.”

“This tragic event is a continuation of targeting unarmed civilians,” the statement read, “and reflects a systematic policy aimed at expanding the scope of killing and destruction in Gaza, rendering it uninhabitable.”

It also renewed its call to the “UN Security Council to urgently intervene to ensure an immediate cease-fire in the Palestinian enclave and end military operations in Rafah.”

Jordan also denounced the Israeli attack, saying in a Foreign Ministry statement that this action is “a blatant defiance of the decisions of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and a serious violation of international law and international humanitarian law.”

For its part, Kuwait issued a strong condemnation in response to the recent Israeli aggression on Rafah.

The attack is “an unprecedented genocide and blatant war crimes,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, calling on the international community to compel Israel to adhere to relevant international legal resolutions, especially the latest ICJ ruling.

Qatar took the same stance and decried the Israeli assault on the northern city on the Gaza Strip.

“Qatar views this action as a grave violation of international laws and a further exacerbation of the already dire humanitarian crisis in the besieged territory,” the Foreign Ministry expressed in a statement.

It emphasised the urgency of Israeli authorities adhering to the ICJ’s decision, which explicitly calls for an end to military attacks on Rafah.

Israel has been waging a brutal offensive against Gaza since October, despite a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire. The offensive has killed at least 36,000 Palestinians, mainly children and women, and wounded almost 80,000 others.

More than seven months into the Israeli war, vast swathes of Gaza lie in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water and medicine.

Israel is accused of “genocide” at the ICJ, which has ordered Tel Aviv to ensure its forces do not commit acts of genocide and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza. According to South Africa, which took the occupation state to the ICJ, Israel is ignoring the court’s orders.

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