Hundreds of people gather in front of the White House to protest the Israeli attack on Rafah


Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the White House in the US capital on Tuesday to protest against Israel’s weekend attack on a tent camp in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, calling on the US government to stop funding Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip.

The protest was supported by several pro-Palestinian groups, including the Palestinian Youth Movement, the Socialism and Liberation Party and Maryland for Palestine.

Protesters carried banners reading “Free Palestine,” “End all U.S. financing of Israeli apartheid,” “All eyes on Rafah” and “Stop this slaughter.”

Protesters chanted “Stop bombing Rafah now” and “End the occupation now.”

On Sunday, an Israeli airstrike on a tent camp for displaced Palestinians in Rafah killed at least 45 people and injured nearly 250, the Gaza-based Government Media Office said.

The strike took place near the UN Palestine Refugee Agency (UNRWA) logistics base in Tal al-Sultan.

Israel has continued its brutal offensive in the Gaza Strip since a cross-border attack by the Palestinian group Hamas on October 7 last year, despite a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in the enclave.

According to local health authorities in Gaza, nearly 36,100 Palestinians have since been killed, the vast majority of them women and children, and more than 81,000 others have been injured.

Nearly eight months after the start of Israel’s war, vast swathes of Gaza lie in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water and medicine.

Israel faces charges of genocide before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which in its latest ruling ordered it to immediately cease its operations in Rafah, where more than a million Palestinians had sought refuge from war ahead of the May 6 invasion.

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