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Israeli strikes kill 18 children of same family in Rafah

06:45 PM | 21 Apr, 2024
Israeli strikes kill 18 children of same family in Rafah

Israeli air strikes targeted the southern Gaza city of Rafah overnight, resulting in the deaths of 22 individuals, including 18 children from a same family, health officials reported Sunday. 

Meanwhile, the United States is poised to approve billions of dollars in additional military aid for its close ally, Israel.

Israel has conducted almost daily air raids on Rafah, a city that has become a refuge for over half of Gaza's 2.3 million residents fleeing conflict from other areas. 

Despite international calls for restraint, including from the US, Israel plans to broaden its ground offensive to the city on the Egyptian border.

On Saturday, the House of Representatives passed a $26 billion aid package, which includes approximately $9 billion for humanitarian aid in Gaza.

One strike killed a couple and their 3-year-old child, as reported by a nearby hospital. Although the pregnant woman died, doctors saved her baby.

Another strike took the lives of 17 children and two women from the same extended family. First responders continued to search through the rubble. An earlier air raid in Rafah took nine lives, six of them children.

The Israel-Hamas conflict has resulted in the deaths of over 34,000 Palestinians, as reported by local health officials, and has devastated Gaza’s two largest cities, causing widespread destruction. Around 80% of Gaza's population has been displaced, leading experts to warn of an impending famine.

The seven-month conflict has sparked regional tensions, pitting Israel and the US against Iran and allied militant groups across the Middle East. 

Earlier this month, Israel and Iran exchanged fire directly, raising concerns of a broader war between the two adversaries.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Today Open Market Currency Rates in Pakistan - Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal - 21 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 21, 2024 (Tuesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.7 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro moved up to 298 for buying and 301 for selling while British Pound rate is 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 May 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 298 301
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.80
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739 747.8
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.53 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.65 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegian Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Baht THB 7.57 7.72

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