Headline RoundupMay 27th, 2024

Israeli Strike Kills Dozens at Rafah Tent Camp

Summary from the AllSides News Team

An Israeli airstrike and a subsequent fire killed at least 45 in a Palestinian tent city in Rafah, Gaza’s southernmost city, by Monday afternoon. 

The Details: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the incident a “tragic error,” and the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said it had intended to target senior Hamas members and avoid civilian casualties. Hamas labeled the incident a “massacre.”  

For Context: Despite warnings from the U.S. and an International Court of Justice (ICJ) order against it, Israeli leaders have continued attacks on Hamas in and around Rafah, arguing that the war could not end without such operations. The IDF has worked to evacuate civilian refugees from conflict zones, but with over a million Palestinians struggling amid rubble and hunger, these efforts have been complicated. In one such complication, Egyptian and Israeli troops briefly exchanged fire on Monday. 

How the Media Covered It: Coverage echoed long-standing divisions on the war in Gaza. Al Jazeera (Lean Left bias), historically sympathetic to the Palestinians, referred to the incident as “Israel’s Rafah carnage” on its homepage and highlighted a quote calling it a “heinous massacre.” On the other hand, The Jerusalem Post (Center bias) — historically sympathetic to Israel — highlighted an IDF statement that it had carried out “several operations” to ensure there were no civilians in the area. Meanwhile, Haaretz (Lean Left bias) — an Israeli outlet that often sympathizes with the Palestinians — appeared to highlight both the IDF narrative and criticism of the attack.

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