Israel's bombardment levels Al-Farouk Mosque in Rafah

24 February 11:11
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Al-Farouq Mosque in ruins after Israeli airstrike on Rafah. Photo: www.rte.ie Al-Farouq Mosque in ruins after Israeli airstrike on Rafah. Photo: www.rte.ie

Israeli airstrikes leveled the Al-Farouk Mosque in Rafah on the border with Egypt.

During the night of February 22, 2024, amid Israeli bombardment of Gaza, the mosque and houses in Rafah, where more than half of the 2.3 million residents of Gaza live, mainly in tents, were destroyed, Reuters reports.

Gaza health authorities said 97 people were confirmed killed and 130 wounded in the last 24 hours of Israeli assaults in the center of the Gaza Strip, but many more victims were still under rubble.

Rafah's al-Farouk mosque was completely destroyed by Israeli airstrikes, having been flattened into slabs of concrete, and the facades of adjacent buildings were blasted away. Authorities said four houses had been struck in the south of the city and three in the centre. According to the residents' accounts, the bombing was the heaviest since an Israeli raid on the city 10 days ago that freed two hostages and killed scores of civilians.

Earlier, the UOJ reported that an Israeli army sniper killed a mother and daughter on the territory of the Catholic Church convent in Gaza.

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