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Rafah being destroyed by Israeli occupation

Rafah being destroyed by Israeli occupation

Urgent Action: [Rafah, Gaza Strip]

Rafah is being destroyed.

Electricity and phone lines have been cut in many areas of Rafah. Sewage lines and the basic infrastructure of the city have been destroyed and the Mayor of the municipality has declared the area a disaster zone. As of the writing of this release there have been 10 killed (including at least 3 children, and one ambulance driver). A significant number are in the ICU including one child after being shot in the back from military fire. The one hospital to which residents of Rafah can go has run out of beds -people are having to sleep on the floor- and is running critically low on medical supplies. The only route into and out of Rafah has been sealed for almost a week now and the town is running low on food, water, and basic supplies.

The UN is reporting that more than 1200 people have been made homeless and that number is rising. This does not include the large numbers of families whose houses have been partially demolished by the military. Laura Gordon, an American citizen, is inside Rafah and giving detailed firsthand accounts of the situation on the ground. She and the families she is staying with are in grave danger, include the family of Abu Ahmed, one of the countless families who have been forced to flee their homes under heavy gunfire from tanks and Apache helicopters. This crime must stop immediately.

Please call the following numbers to let Israel know that the world is watching.

Captain Levey, Southern Command, Gaza Strip: +972 56-246-406

Gaza Occupation Forces: +972 88-741-544

For more information from Rafah, contact: Laura: +972 67 850 734

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