Latest Rafah News

Rafah is a dusty, rubble-strewn ghost town 2 months after Israel invaded to root out Hamas

Jul. 07, 2024 10:15 AM EDT

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Two months ago, before Israeli troops invaded Rafah, the city sheltered most of Gaza's more than 2 million people. Today it is a dust-covered ghost town. Abandoned, bullet-ridden apartment buildings have blasted out walls and shattered windows. Bedrooms and...

A WHO official says the US-built pier in Gaza not sufficient in delivering aid to Palestinians

Jun. 24, 2024 14:45 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The reconnected U.S.-built pier off the coast of the Gaza Strip cannot supply Palestinians with anywhere near the level of aid they need, the head of the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean region said Monday. Dr. Hanan Balkhy made the remarks after the...

Israeli strikes on tent camps near Rafah kill at least 25 people and wound 50, Gaza health officials and rescuers say

Jun. 21, 2024 14:18 PM EDT
DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli strikes on tent camps near Rafah kill at least 25 people and wound 50, Gaza health officials and rescuers say.

One image, seen by millions: A social media effort to draw attention to Rafah surges

Jun. 06, 2024 10:32 AM EDT

The image shows tents in a camp, highlighted to spell out one single phrase: “All Eyes on Rafah.” It has been shared more than 50 million times. A single image, not even an authentic photograph, is the focus of a singular campaign on Instagram that has caught the attention of...

The Biden administration says Israel hasn't crossed a red line on Rafah. This could be why

Jun. 01, 2024 09:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acknowledging only “an uptick” in Israeli military activity, the United States has gone to lengths to avoid any suggestion that Israeli forces have crossed a red line set by President Joe Biden in the deepening offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. In...

Israel confirms its forces are in central Rafah in expanding offensive in the southern Gaza city

May. 31, 2024 14:37 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military confirmed Friday that its forces are operating in central parts of Rafah in its expanding offensive in the southern Gaza city. Israel launched its ground assault into the city on May 6, triggering an exodus of around 1 million Palestinians out...

The Israeli military confirms that it’s operating in central Rafah in its expanding offensive in southern Gaza city

May. 31, 2024 09:21 AM EDT
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military confirms that it’s operating in central Rafah in its expanding offensive in southern Gaza city.

The Latest | Israel expands Rafah offensive, saying it now controls Gaza's entire border with Egypt

May. 29, 2024 17:55 PM EDT

Israel’s military said Wednesday it has seized control of the entire length of Gaza’s border with Egypt, without elaborating. Capturing the strategic Philadelphi corridor signals that Israel has deepened its offensive in southern Gaza. Palestinians in the border city of Rafah...

Israeli strikes kill at least 37 Palestinians, most in tents, near Gaza's Rafah as offensive expands

May. 28, 2024 21:59 PM EDT

DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israeli shelling and airstrikes killed at least 37 people, most of them sheltering in tents, outside the southern Gaza city of Rafah overnight and on Tuesday — pummeling the same area where strikes triggered a deadly fire days earlier in a camp for displaced...

The Latest | Fighting escalates in Rafah as Israel pushes ahead with its offensive

May. 28, 2024 20:35 PM EDT

Palestinian residents of the southern Gaza city of Rafah have reported an escalation of fighting Tuesday as Israeli forces pressed their assault on the border town once seen as the territory's last refuge. Israel says it is carrying out limited operations in eastern Rafah along the...