Netanyahu Calls Israeli Strike Killing 45 in Rafah a ‘Tragic Error’

( – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is taking heat from the international community over his plans to launch a ground invasion of Rafah. He’s already allowed the military to carry out targeted attacks. One of those attacks left dozens dead. Now, the PM is apologizing.

On Sunday, May 26, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) carried out an airstrike in Rafah on a Hamas compound. The attack lit a refugee camp on fire and killed at least 45 innocent civilians. Over half of the victims were children, the elderly, and women. There was immediate outrage over the decision.

French President Emmanuel Macron issued a statement on Monday saying there were “no safe areas in Rafah for Palestinian civilians.” The president said Israel’s “operations must stop” and called for an immediate ceasefire. Josep Borrell, the European Union’s chief diplomat, called for Israel to halt the airstrikes as well. He pointed out that Israel has continued to attack despite being asked to stop and said neither side is respecting the rules.

Scotland’s Former First PM Humza Yousaf lashed out on X (formerly Twitter), telling people to look at the images of what happened and ask themselves if they are “on the right side of history.”

United Nations Secretary-General Antònio Guterres posted a damning statement on X condemning the Jewish state for killing “scores of innocent civilians who were only seeking shelter” from the violence.

Netanyahu talked about the incident during a speech at the Israeli Knesset saying that the IDF tries its best not to harm people but “unfortunately a tragic error happened” the previous night. He said they were investigating.

A US official reportedly told CNN that Israel informed President Joe Biden’s administration that it used an American-made precision munition to target in the attack. The explosion from the airstrike lit a fuel tank on fire which then engulfed the camp. The official said the US hadn’t confirmed the report.

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