Israeli attacks on southern Gaza kill 18 people, including 14 children

Israeli attacks on the southern Gaza town of Rafah killed 18 people, mostly children, overnight as US lawmakers advanced an aid package that would send millions of dollars to Israel.

Kuwaiti hospital officials said the first Israeli attack killed a man, his wife and their three-year-old child, The Associated Press reported. The woman was pregnant, but doctors managed to save the baby, the news service said.

A second Israeli attack killed 13 children and two women, the AP reported, citing hospital data. The AP noted that all those killed in the second attack were members of the same family.

Gaza has been subject to almost daily Israeli attacks since Hamas launched its unprecedented attack on Israel on October 7, 2023. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to eliminate the militant group as Israel continues to target militants in Gaza.

President Biden has been warning Israel for months about the invasion of Rafah, where it is estimated that more than 1 million civilians are taking refuge at Israel’s direction. He told Netanyahu in February that an invasion of Rafah “must not proceed” without a plan.

Netanyahu said earlier this month that a date has been set for an invasion of Rafah.

More than 34,000 Palestinians have now been killed in the war, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza. Many world leaders and humanitarian aid groups have called for a ceasefire as Gaza residents continue to face dire conditions.

The House of Representatives approved a major foreign aid package on Saturday, after months of delays in the House of Representatives.

The package, now sent to the Senate for approval, provides roughly $61 billion for Ukraine, $26 billion for Israel and humanitarian aid in Gaza and elsewhere, and $8 billion for Taiwan and other U.S. allies in the Indo-Pacific .

The Associated Press contributed.

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