Gaza: 350 Palestinians killed by Israeli indiscriminate bombings in last 24 hours

By Nadine Osman

London, (The Muslim News): At least 23 Palestinians were killed, and many others were injured as Israeli fighter jets attacked two houses in a refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip as well as a camp in the southern part of the enclave early Thursday.

An Israeli airstrike on a house in the Al-Maghazi refugee camp killed at least 17 Palestinians, and another on a house in the Al-Shabora refugee camp in Rafah, southern Gaza, killed at least six Palestinians and injured scores more. 350 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza Strip by Israeli indiscriminate attacks in the last 24 hours.

The killing comes as Gaza’s Ministry of Health announced that 800,000 Palestinians in northern Gaza are without health coverage, owing to what it calls “acts of genocide committed by Israel.” Israel is accused of deliberately undermining health care infrastructure in northern Gaza.

The capacity of Al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza City has been exceeded due to the large number of wounded people transferred to the facility.

Israel resumed its military offensive on the Gaza Strip on Friday after the end of a weeklong humanitarian pause with the Palestinian group Hamas.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has been praised by the WHO for taking an unprecedented step during his tenure.

Earlier on Wednesday, Guterres warned the UN Security Council that the conflict “may aggravate existing threats to international peace and security.”

In a letter to the Security Council, Guterres invoked Article 99 of the UN Charter for the first time since becoming the organisation’s top official in 2017: “More than eight weeks of hostilities in Gaza and Israel have created appalling human suffering, physical destruction, and collective trauma across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

Later in the day, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “I support Secretary-General Guterres’ letter to the UN. Security Council, invoking Article 99 and appealing for a ceasefire. Gaza’s health system is on its knees and nearing total collapse. We need peace for health.”

“Gaza cannot afford to lose any more hospitals, and yet another one is on the verge of closing. Kamal Adwan Hospital, in northern Gaza, has reportedly come to a virtual halt, with only 20 patients still getting care,” Ghebreyesus added.

“This is due to intense fighting as well as a lack of basic supplies: water, food, medicines, and fuel. This will deprive thousands of people of essential lifesaving care. Here’s the latest Gaza hospital count: 14 partially functioning hospitals; 3 minimally functioning hospitals; 19 non-functioning hospitals; and 2 field hospitals. This callousness must end,” he underlined.

According to Palestinian Ministry of Health, at least 17,177 Palestinians have been killed, including 7,122 children and 4,885 women; more than 46,000 others injured in indiscriminate air and ground attacks on the enclave by Israeli forces since Oct. 7, following a cross-border attack by Hamas. 1.9 million Palestinians have been internally displaced by Israeli forces in Gaza Strip.
The Israeli death toll in the Hamas attack stood at 1,147, according to Israeli authorities. 138 Israelis are still held captive by Hamas.

[Photo: Residents & civil defense teams rescue a Palestinian child under rubble of building that collapsed following Israeli attack on house belonging to the Abu Saleh in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 7 12 23. Photojournalist: Belal Khaled /AA]

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