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Israel’s attack on Rafah bespeaks regime’s ‘systematic war of extermination’ against Palestinians: Islamic Jihad

The photo shows the aftermath of Israeli strikes on Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, on February 12, 2024. (By Palestine's Safa News Agency)

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance movement has condemned Israel's attack on the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, saying the regime, having received unwavering support from the United States, violated the entire “international norms and conventions” and showed its “systematic war of extermination” against Palestinians.

The popular Gaza-based resistance movement said in a statement on Monday that the Israeli occupation’s insistence on perpetrating crimes, especially committing a horrific massacre in the city of Rafah last night, bespeaks the regime's continuation of the “systematic war of extermination” against Palestinians.

“This insistence proves that the usurping entity is flouting all international norms and conventions, especially the decisions of the International Court of Justice, the resolutions of the United Nations, and the ... international community,” the statement said.

"These crimes confirm beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Nazi and criminal entity does not value international public opinion or its allies,” it added.

Islamic Jihad also warned the international community and the Arab world, saying, “The Zionist attack on Rafah aims to displace our people from their land and liquidate the Palestinian cause, which threatens Arab and Islamic national security.”

The resistance movement also said the administration of US President Joe Biden must be held accountable for the continuation of the Israeli was against Palestinians, and for providing the regime with military and financial support, political cover, and impunity from accountability and punishment.

In the early hours of Monday, the Israeli regime launched an all-out offensive in Rafah by conducting extensive air raids and artillery strikes on the densely-populated city.

At least 100 civilians, mostly women and children, have since been killed and nearly 230 others wounded in Israel’s aggression on Rafah, with dozens of people being trapped under the rubble.

Defying international warnings, the onslaught came at a time that more than one million people, above five times Rafah's usual population, have fled to the city amid Israel's months-long bombardment campaign on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israel launched the US-backed war on Gaza on October 7 after Palestinian resistance groups waged the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in response to the Israeli regime's decades-long campaign of bloodletting and devastation against Palestinians.

Since the start of the offensive, the Tel Aviv regime has killed at least 28,176 individuals, the majority of whom are innocent civilians, and injured more than 68,000 others.

Thousands more are also missing and presumed dead under the rubble in Gaza, which is under “complete siege” by Israel.

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