Gaza: 79 Palestinians killed, 86 injured by Israeli bombardment last 24hrs

By Abdul Adil

Gaza City, (Wafa, AA, Al Jazeera): At least 79 more Palestinians were killed and 86 others injured over the last 24 hours by indiscriminate bombings by Israeli Defence Forces in Gaza Strip, territory’s Health Ministry said on Wednesday. This brings total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces to 34,262, including 14,520 children and 10,000 women and 77,229 others injured including 12,000 children in Gaza strip, according to the Ministry of Health.

A number of Palestinian civilians were Wednesday killed, and others sustained various injuries in the ongoing occupation aggression against the Gaza Strip, which has entered its 201st day.

A Palestinian mother and her two children were killed this afternoon as Israeli warplanes bombed a house west of Gaza City, according to local and medical sources.

Israeli fighter jets carried out raids on the house of the Hameed family in the Shati refugee camp west of Gaza City, resulting in the killing of Amna Hamid and her 12-year-old Mahdi and injuring six others. .

Simultaneously, at least three Palestinian civilians were also killed and dozens were injured, as Israeli forces bombed a house in the Nassr neighborhood west of Gaza City.

Israeli warplanes also bombarded the areas of Ma’an and Al-Mawasi in Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, resulting in the killing of two civilians and the injury of others.

WAFA correspondent reported that three Palestinians were killed, and many others were injured, as the Israeli air force bombed a group of Palestinians near Abu Araban School in Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza Strip.

The Israeli air force launched a series of raids northwest of the new camp, north of Nuseirat camp, coinciding with artillery shelling in the vicinity of the place.

Injuries were recorded among Palestinians, as a result of the Israeli’s artillery shelling on various areas of the neighborhoods of Gaza City and the northern Gaza Strip, where the sounds of huge and continuous explosions were heard as smoke rose in the neighborhoods of Al-Zaytoun, Al-Shuja’iya, Al-Tuffah, Al-Daraj, Tal Al-Hawa, and Al-Rimal in Gaza City.

In the northern Gaza Strip, a number of civilians were injured in continuous artillery shelling on the towns of Beit Lahia, Beit Hanoun, and east of Jabalia.

An Israeli warplane targeted agricultural land in the Al-Zawaida area, central Gaza, wounding two civilians.

The Israeli artillery bombed east of Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

In the south of the Gaza Strip, Israeli vehicles stationed near the eastern border of the city of Khan Yunis fired dozens of shells towards the areas of Abasan, Khuza’a, and Al-Zinah.

Several Palestinians were killed and others were injured, most of them seriously, as a result of Israeli army shelling of a house this evening in the Yabna refugee camp in the centre of Rafah, southern Gaza Strip.

Dr Suhaib al-Hams, the director of the Kuwaiti hospital, confirmed the arrival of the victims, telling Al Jazeera that the “Rafah governorate has become a continuous target of [the Israeli army].”

“The Israeli occupation uses internationally prohibited weapons, and the type of injuries we receive is unprecedented, such as amputation of limbs and laceration of the body,” al-Hams said.

Dr Jamal al-Hams, one of the medical staff at the Hospital, said that most of the injuries that reached the hospital are serious, and that one of the injured died as a result of his severe injury.

Palestinian news agency Wafa has said the two were killed during an Israeli air attack on a house west of Gaza City.

At least three Palestinians were killed, and dozens were injured, after Israeli forces shelled a house in the Nassr neighbourhood, west of Gaza City.

Palestinian civilians are fleeing their homes again in northern Gaza.

Israeli shelling is focused for a second day on Beit Lahiya where the Israeli military ordered four neighbourhoods to evacuate, warning residents they’re in a “dangerous combat zone”.

People in the suburbs of Gaza City also reported heavy shelling.

Amjad Aleway, an emergency doctor in Gaza City, speaking in the ruins of al-Shifa Hospital, said: “The number of casualties is overwhelming, and we lack sufficient operating theatres to address them.”

Meanwhile in Jerusalem, hundreds of illegal Israeli settlers on Wednesday stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in occupied East Jerusalem to mark the Jewish Passover holiday.

In a statement, the Islamic Endowments Department in Jerusalem said nearly 703 illegal settlers, who were protected by the Israeli forces, stormed the mosque.

Passover, which commemorates the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt during the time of Prophet Moses, is considered one of the most important holidays on the Jewish religious calendar.

The Israeli forces imposed restrictions on the movement of Palestinians inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex during the settlers’ tour in its courtyards, the statement said.

Witnesses told Anadolu Agency that the Israeli forces were heavily deployed inside the mosque to secure the settlers who entered the mosque in groups from the Al-Mugharbah Gate area, west of the holy mosque.

At least 482 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank by Israeli forces or settlers since the war on Gaza began on 7 October, 2023.

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: Civil Defense teams uncover 51 more bodies on 24 4 2024 from a mass grave at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis city, South Gaza. The bodies were discovered after Israeli army withdrew from Khan Younis on April 7 following 4-month ground offensive in the city. Photojournalist: Hani Alshaer/ AA]

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