Gaza: 64 Palestinians killed, 186 wounded by Israeli bombing across Gaza last 24hrs

Palestine, (AA, Al Jazeera & Wafa):

At least 64 people killed, 186 wounded in Israeli attacks on homes in central Gaza in the past 24 hours, according to medical sources and eyewitnesses.

A least 21,822 Palestinians killed, including 8,800 children, 6,300 women, and 56,165 injured in Israeli indiscriminate bombings on Gaza Strip since October 7. The revised death toll by Israeli authorities from the October 7 attack in Israel stands at 1,139.

The Israeli army continued its incursion into the Bureij Palestinian refugee camp as part of the latest phase of its ground operations in its war that has been ongoing for 85 days.

Over the last few hours, Israeli bombardments targeted three mosques, namely the Al-Muhajireen Mosque and Al-Sahaba Mosque in the Al-Maghazi camp, and the Al-Furqan Mosque in the city of Deir al-Balah, both located in central Gaza, reported Wafa news agency.

Tragically, casualties were reported as Israeli occupation forces bombed the residences of the Qandeel and Abu Shahada families in the Al-Maghazi refugee camp. Other Israeli airstrikes also hit the premises of the Al-Salah Association in the camp.

East of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, an Israeli helicopter opened fire indiscriminately at residential neighborhoods, while artillery shelling renewed in the eastern areas of Bureij and Nuseirat refugee camps in central Gaza.

In the Nuseirat camp, a number of civilian casualties, both fatalities and wounded, were transported to Al-Awda Hospital due to the nonstop Israeli airstrikes. Meantime, a drone strike targeted the home of the Tahrawi family west of Rafah in southern Gaza.

Simultaneously, an Israeli airstrike targeted homes east of Deir al-Balah, causing casualties among civilians.

The Israeli artillery continued to shell the Bureij, Nuseirat, and Al-Maghazi refugee camps in central Gaza, resulting in more civilian casualties and destruction to public and private properties and infrastructure.

Earlier yesterday evening, more than 25 civilians were reported killed and others injured in a barrage of Israeli airstrikes and artillery shelling targeting the Nuseirat and Al-Maghazi refugee camps, as well as the town of Al-Zawaida, in central Gaza, in addition to the city of Rafah in the south.

Meanwhile, army artillery bombed areas east of the Rafah crossing after violent clashes with Palestinian resistance fighters.

Fierce clashes broke out Friday night and continued until Saturday afternoon in areas east of the Bureij refugee camp, during which violent explosions occurred, eyewitnesses told Anadolu.

Israeli tanks heavily bombed areas east of Bureij camp, witnesses added.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Hamas group’s armed wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, said in a statement that its fighters “managed to completely destroy a Zionist troop carrier north of the Bureij camp with a shell.”

Al-Qassam also announced it bombed an Israeli tank with a Shawaz-type explosive device north of Bureij, and targeted another with a shell in the same area.

Meanwhile, the Al-Nasser Salah al-Deen Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees, said that its fighters “engaged in violent clashes with enemy soldiers in the north of the Bureij camp and caused casualties among their ranks.”

A home in az-Zawayda area in the central part of the Gaza Strip, next to the Nuseirat refugee camp, was destroyed.

Relentless bombing

The Israeli army launched airstrikes on the Al-Zawaida area and the Bureij, Nuseirat, and Al-Maghazi camps in Gaza, according to medical sources and eyewitnesses.

In the central Gaza Strip, witnesses stated that Israeli artillery vehicles violently bombarded the vicinity of Salah al-Din Street and its adjacent areas, east of the Nuseirat camp.

Several Palestinians were also killed and others were injured in a bombing that targeted a house for the Al-Wawi family near the Al-Sunnah Mosque in Nuseirat.

Israeli aircraft bombed another house belonging to the Al-Nuwairi family, in Al-Nuseirat, resulting in several deaths and injuries, according to eyewitnesses.

Three Palestinians were injured by Israeli army snipers in the Al-Maghazi camp, medical sources told Anadolu.

According to medical sources at the Al-Aqsa Hospital in the city of Deir Al-Balah, more than 100 people were killed and 160 injured as a result of the Israeli bombing of the central region during the past on Friday and Saturday.

Palestinians displaced from the Bureij camp told Anadolu that the Israeli forces carried out a massive arrest campaign against Palestinians who were unable to leave the camp, especially those who remained in shelter centers.

Clashes in Rafah

In the far south of the Gaza Strip, violent clashes broke out between Israeli forces penetrating east of the city of Rafah and Palestinian resistance fighters, according to local sources.

The sources reported that the clashes took place near the Kerem Shalom commercial crossing, near the border fence with Israel and also to the east of the Rafah crossing, during which Israeli forces used artillery shells extensively.

In the city of Khan Younis, Israeli forces continued their ground operations in the east, north and center of the city, in addition to the aerial bombardment carried out by Israeli aircraft on several homes in the city.

This coincides with clashes erupting at frequent intervals between resistance fighters and army forces in eastern and central Khan Younis.

The Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad movement, said that its fighters “engaged in fierce clashes with enemy soldiers north and east of the city of Khan Younis.”

In Gaza City and the North Governorate, Israeli warplanes launched dozens of raids in the early hours of Saturday, targeting homes, apartments, empty plots of land, and roads, resulting in deaths and injuries among civilians, according to Palestinian medical sources.

Meanwhile according to Al Jazeera,

Fighting continues between Israeli forces and Hezbollah fighters In the last 24 hours:

Israeli jets have attacked the Lebanese towns of Bint Jbeil, Marwahin and Kfarkela.
Israeli drones targeted a car in the village of Yaroun.
Israeli artillery shelled the vicinities of many other Lebanese border towns.
Hezbollah claimed responsibility for four attacks on Israel.
Hezbollah said one fighter was killed in an air strike on Bint Jbeil. An earlier statement by Hezbollah said four group members were killed in the Israeli attack.
An Israeli air raid on Aleppo in Syria killed three people

*Writing by Ikram Kouachi

[Photo: Palestinian mother Esma Zuhd kisses hands of her dead children, Jahan and Ahmed Nasser killed by Israeli attack at Nuseirat Refugee Camp in Deir Al-Balah, Gaza on 29 12 23. Photojournalist: Ashraf Amra /AA]

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