Over 40 more Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes across northern Gaza - GulfToday

Over 40 more Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes across northern Gaza


A Palestinian carries casualties at the site of Israeli strikes on houses at Al Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on Saturday. Reuters

At least 42 people were killed in Israeli attacks on districts of Gaza City in the north of the Palestinian enclave on Saturday, the director of the Hamas-run government media office said.

The deaths come a day after at least 25 people were killed in strikes on tent camps and 50 wounded near the southern city of Rafah.

One Israeli strike on houses in Al Shati, one of the Gaza Strip's eight historic refugee camps, killed 24 people, Ismail Al Thawabta told Reuters. Another 18 Palestinians were killed in a strike on houses in the Al Tuffah neighbourhood.

The Israeli military released a brief statement saying: "A short while ago, IDF fighter jets struck two Hamas military infrastructure sites in the area of Gaza City."

Fadel Naem, director of the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza City, told The Associated Press that more than three dozen bodies arrived at the hospital.

The Palestinian Civil Defence, an emergency group active in Gaza, said its emergency workers were digging for survivors at the site of a strike in the Shati refugee camp west of Gaza City and that it had pulled several dozen bodies from a building hit by an Israeli strike in an eastern neighbourhood of Gaza City.

On Saturday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said a 12-year-old Palestinian boy died from his wounds after being shot by Israeli forces in Ramallah last week. Commenting on the shooting, the Israeli army said its forces raided Al Amari refugee camp near Ramallah to arrest a suspect Friday and then opened fire on a group of Palestinians who were pelting them with stones.

Footage obtained by Reuters showed dozens of Palestinians rushing out to search for victims amid the destroyed houses. The footage showed wrecked homes, blasted walls, and debris and dust filling the street in Shati refugee camp.

Residents said Israeli tanks deepened their incursion into western and northern Rafah areas in recent days. On Saturday Israeli forces bombed several areas from air and the ground, forcing many families living in areas described as humanitarian-designated zones to leave northwards.

On Friday, the Gaza health ministry said at least 25 Palestinians were killed in Mawasi in western Rafah and 50 wounded. Palestinians said a tank shell hit a tent housing displaced families.

On Saturday, tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Tel Aviv calling for new elections and for the government to bring the hostages home. Among the families were the parents of Naama Levy, an Israeli soldier who marked her 20th birthday in captivity.

A separate Israeli strike Saturday in Lebanon’s eastern Bekaa Valley killed a member of the military wing of Al Jamaa Al Islamiya, according to the group. The member was the seventh killed by Israeli strikes in Lebanon since the war began.



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