Palestinian Child Rescued from Rubble After Israeli Strike Kills 22 in Gaza

Devastating Israeli strikes in Gaza kill 22, including 18 children, sparking global outrage and calls for ceasefire amid escalating Israel-Hamas conflict.

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Muthana Al-Najjar
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Palestinian Child Rescued from Rubble After Israeli Strike Kills 22 in Gaza

Palestinian Child Rescued from Rubble After Israeli Strike Kills 22 in Gaza

On April 21, 2024, a Palestinian child was rescued alive from the rubble of a house destroyed by an Israeli strike in Rafah, a city in the southern Gaza Strip. The strike killed at least 22 people, including 18 children, according to Palestinian health officials.

The first strike killed a man, his pregnant wife, and their 3-year-old child. A second strike on the same area killed 17 children and two women from the same extended family. "The Israeli plane fired a missile at the house without prior notice," said Nabil Abu Maarouf, a relative of the victims.

The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has killed over 34,000 Palestinians, with around 80% of the population in Gaza having fled their homes. The war has devastated Gaza's cities and left the territory on the brink of famine.

Why this matters: The escalating violence in Gaza has sparked international outrage and calls for an immediate ceasefire. The high civilian death toll, particularly among children, underscores the urgent need for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

The war has also sparked regional unrest, with Israel and Iran trading fire directly earlier this month. Tensions have spiked in the Israeli-occupied West Bank as well, where Israeli troops killed two Palestinians and the Palestinian Red Crescent recovered 14 bodies from an Israeli raid in the Nur Shams refugee camp.

The United States House of Representatives approved a $26 billion aid package on Saturday, including $9 billion in humanitarian assistance for Gaza. However, the U.S. is also on track to approve billions of dollars in additional military aid to Israel, its close ally, despite global appeals for restraint.

The latest Gaza conflict was sparked by an October 7, 2023 raid by Hamas militants into southern Israel, which killed around 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and led to the abduction of around 250 hostages. Israel has vowed to continue the war until Hamas is destroyed and all hostages are returned. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, at least 34,049 Palestinians have been killed and another 76,901 wounded in the fighting, with at least two-thirds being children and women.

Key Takeaways

  • Israeli strike in Rafah, Gaza killed 22 people, including 18 children.
  • Ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict has killed over 34,000 Palestinians, 80% displaced.
  • US approves $26B aid package, including $9B for Gaza, but also more military aid to Israel.
  • Latest conflict sparked by Oct 2023 Hamas raid, Israel vows to continue until Hamas destroyed.
  • Civilian deaths, regional unrest spark international outrage, calls for ceasefire.