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Israeli airstrike kills at least 7 people in Rafah

A plume of smoke billows over the Gaza Strip during an Israeli bombardment on April 18, 2024. (AFP photo)

Israel has launched new airstrikes on the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, killing at least seven Palestinians.

The Palestinian media reported on Friday that most of the victims of the Israeli assault were women and children.

The death toll is likely to rise due to the number of seriously wounded people, the Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

The attack hit a residential home in Tal as-Sultan neighborhood in Rafah.

It comes as the Israeli military is preparing evacuation plans for the city in anticipation of a ground offensive.

The United Nations and many other countries have expressed grave concern over the offensive.

The city is home to approximately 1.5 million displaced Palestinians.

G7 slams Israel's 'full-scale military operation in Rafah'

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven nations said Friday that a "full-scale military operation in Rafah" by Israel would have "catastrophic consequences on the civilian population".

Ministers from Italy, the UK, the US, France, Germany, Japan and Canada also condemned the "unacceptable number of civilians" killed in Gaza during Israel's genocidal war.

"We reiterate our opposition to a full-scale military operation in Rafah that would have catastrophic consequences on the civilian population," the ministers said in a statement.

Israel has faced growing global rebuke to the relentless genocidal war that has reduced much of Gaza to rubble.

"We deplore all losses of civilian lives," G7 ministers said at the meeting on Italy's island of Capri.

They said they "note with great concern the unacceptable number of civilians, including thousands of women, children and persons in vulnerable situations who have been killed in Gaza".

The regime began the war on October 7 after Gaza’s resistance groups carried out a retaliatory operation against the usurping entity.

Since the start of the offensive, the Tel Aviv regime has killed more than 34,000 Palestinians, most of them women and children.

Iraq’s Islamic Resistance has been conducting numerous operations against targets lying throughout the occupied territories ever since the onset of the warfare.

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