Egyptian Rafah shaken by Israeli strikes in Gaza
Smoke rises after an attack of Israeli aircraft in the south of Gaza City - REUTERS
By AMIRA EL-FEKKI

CAIRO: A number of residents in Egyptian Rafah have fled their homes from fear of Israeli strikes, which eye-witnesses reported have come close to the Egyptian borders with Palestine during the ongoing offensive against Gaza, according to Youm7.

Some left Rafah and moved to Arish, after Israel’s military drones intensified attacks on coastal borders, and claimed their houses have been shaking every night. “Our Ramadan nights turned into hearing and seeing bombs and rockets falling, Suleiman Mohamed, an eye-witness, told Youm7 Saturday.

According to a security source in North Sinai, Egyptian borders with Gaza are “impassable,” adding that security inspections regularly clear the area.

Israel recently attacked Sheikh Radwan city, northwest of Gaza, killing six people. Among the dead were relatives of former Palestinian Prime Minister and vice-president of Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh, The Times of Israel reported.

In Egypt, 40 local NGOs issued a statement condemning Israeli attacks. Protests in Cairo and in Rabat erupted Friday in support of the Palestinian people.

The spokesperson of Hamas’ Health Ministry Ashraf al-Qudra told the press Saturday that three people were killed in an air strike on the mosque of Al-Ansar in Gaza. Youm7 also reported that an association for people with special needs in north Gaza was attacked, killing two women and injuring four people in critical condition.

Israel conducted more than five attacks on Khan Younis, southern Gaza, fired four rockets on Deir el-Balah, and launched two attacks on Maghzi and Bureig in central Gaza, Youm7 added.

Israel began its offensive on Gaza on Monday night. Death toll surpassed 100 people, and injuries have reached nearly 1,000 since the beginning of the campaign. Anadolu reported a death toll of 113, and nearly 900 injured as of Friday.

The U.N. Security Council expressed its “serious concern” regarding the situation, and called for a cease-fire and end to escalation of tensions between the two parties, “in respect for international humanitarian law and protection of civilians,” in a Saturday press statement.

The Arab League is scheduled to hold an urgent meeting Monday to discuss the conflict.

Additional reporting by Mohamed Hussein, Medhat Safwat

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