Gaza: 77 Palestinians killed, 108 wounded by Israeli attacks last 24 hrs

(Wafa, Al Jazeera): 77 Palestinians killed and 108 wounded by Israeli indiscriminate bombings in Gaza Strip in the past 24 hours, according to Ministry of Health. This brings death toll from Israeli Defence Force’s attacks on Gaza to 32,782, including 14,000 children, and 75,298 injured since October 7 reports the Health Ministry of Health.  A further 12,000 are reported missing, presumed dead under the rubble. .

Several Palestinian civilians were killed and others injured early Sunday morning after Israeli warplanes bombed a house in the al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Medical sources confirmed the killing of at least three Palestinians, with several others missing and numerous injuries reported following the Israeli military’s airstrike on a house in the heart of the refugee camp in central Gaza.

Israeli warplanes also carried out a series of airstrikes on southern areas in the nearby city of Deir al-Balah, local sources reported.

Simultaneously, Israeli army tanks resumed incursions into the outskirts of the coastal Al-Mawasi region in Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, the area that has been ironically designated as a safe zone for Palestinian civilians by the Israeli occupation army.

Gaza’s Government Media Office says Israel committed “a new massacre by bombing the tents of journalists and displaced people inside the walls of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital” in the city of Deir al-Balah.

Khaled al-Dakran, the spokesman for Al-Aqsa Hospital, says the hospital’s courtyard was directly targeted in the Israeli attack “that we have been sharing updates about.”

“Hospitals and medical teams and all health sector workers must be protected and the international community must provide such protection,” he said.

“The patients, the wounded and the displaced are in a state of panic and horror, fearing that the Israeli planes will attack the hospital again.”

Israel’s military claims that its attack targeted a command centre operated by the Islamic Jihad group, while the Government Media Office in Gaza claims it struck a tent of journalists and displaced people.

Two Palestinian civilians were Sunday killed, and others were injured, after Israeli forces bombed areas in al-Shati camp, west of Gaza City, sources confirmed to Wafa News Agency.

`The sources said that two civilians were killed and about 10 others were injured in a bombing that targeted citizens in al-Shati camp.

The Israeli warplanes bombed a residential building on al-Nasr Street, west of Gaza City.

The Israeli artillery targeted areas east of Al-Bureij Camp, north of Wadi Gaza Bridge, Juhr Al-Dik area, east of Al-Zaytoun neighborhood, and east of Gaza City.

Simultaneously, Israeli artillery targeted the eastern areas of the Zaytoun neighborhood south of Gaza City. Additionally, Israeli warplanes fired upon civilians and their homes in the eastern areas of the city.

At least 13 Palestinian citizens were killed over the last hours in a series of Israeli airstrikes and artillery bombardments in various areas of Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, and in Gaza City, marking the 177th day of the ongoing Israeli war of genocide on the region.

Medical sources reported that 11 individuals were killed and dozens wounded in the Israeli shelling of a group of civilians in the town of Bani Suheila, east of Khan Yunis. Among the casualties were a woman and her daughter who were killed in an Israeli artillery shelling targeting the Majedah family’s home in Al-Mawasi area, west of Khan Yunis.

Local sources revealed that intense explosions rocked western areas of Khan Yunis, prompting widespread panic among residents. Simultaneously, Israeli warplanes targeted a residential tower in the Al-Asra neighborhood, northwest of Al-Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.

Meantime, an elderly civilian succumbed to his injuries after his home was targeted by Israeli shelling near Wadi Gaza area in central Gaza.

Further, Israeli artillery targeted homes in western Gaza City, while Israeli occupation forces deployed smoke bombs in the vicinity of Kuwait Roundabout, south of Gaza City.

Last night, 12 Palestinian civilians were killed and several others wounded by Israeli bombardment and gunfire tonight while desperately waiting for the arrival of aid trucks near the Kuwait roundabout southeast of Gaza City.

The Wall Street Journal has reported, quoting people familiar with the issue, that the United States is concerned about whether the expanded intelligence sharing with Israel since October 7 had contributed to civilian deaths in Gaza.

Among the worries is that there is little independent oversight to confirm that US-supplied intelligence is not used in air strikes that unnecessarily kill civilians or damage infrastructure, sources told the WSJ.

“What I’m concerned about is making sure our intelligence sharing is consistent with our values and our national-security interests,” Democratic Representative Jason Crow, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told the publication.

He added that there are “some pretty big inconsistencies” in the two sides’ accounts of the civilian toll.

According to Israeli government 1,139 Israelis were killed by Hamas on 7 October in southern Israel and 134 Israelis and foreign nationals are still detained by Hamas in Gaza.

[Photo:  Palestinian children queue w empty containers to receive food during month of Ramadan as Israeli attacks continue Al- Shabura neighborhood, Rafah, Gaza on 30 03 2024. Photojournalist: Yasser Qudaih /AA]

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