UN Security Council to hold emergency meeting after deadly Rafah strike

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The UN Security Council has convened an emergency meeting for Tuesday after a deadly Israeli strike on a displaced persons camp in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, diplomats told AFP.

The closed-door meeting was requested by Algeria, which is currently a non-permanent member of the council, diplomats said.

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Israel faced a wave of international condemnation Monday over a strike that Gaza officials said killed 45 people when it set off a fire that ripped through a tent city for displaced Palestinians.UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres condemned what he called an attack that “killed scores of innocent civilians who were only seeking shelter from this deadly conflict.”

“There is no safe place in Gaza. This horror must stop,” Guterres added in a social media post. Other UN officials called for a thorough investigation into the incident.

Israel said it was looking into the “tragic accident” and its impact on civilians after the latest mass casualty event in the Gaza war, which has raged since October 7.

With agencies

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