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Hamas-run health ministry says ‘around 100’ killed in Rafah strikes as Israel rescued 2 hostages

Smoke billows during strikes on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on February 12, 2024 (SAID KHATIB / AFP)
Smoke billows during strikes on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on February 12, 2024 (SAID KHATIB / AFP)

Predawn Israeli strikes during an operation to rescue two Israeli hostages held in the southern Gaza city of Rafah killed “around 100” people, the Strip’s Hamas-run health ministry says in a statement.

The statement revises upward the ministry’s earlier toll of 52 people killed in the strikes on the city along the Egyptian border.

The Israel Defense Forces said it used intense firepower against gunmen in and around the building were the two hostages were held. It said “many terrorists were killed.”

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