Gaza: 92 Palestinians killed, 130 injured by Israeli forces last 24 hours

London, (The Muslim News): In the last 24 hours, Israeli Defence Forces has killed at least 92 Palestinians and injured 130 others in indiscriminate bombings in Gaza Strip, according to medical sources, reports Gaza Health Ministry. This brings to total killed by Israeli forces in Gaza Strip since 7 October to at least 31,645 Palestinians killed, including 13,000 children and 73,676 Palestinians injured. 8,500 Palestinians are missing.

In addition, in the early morning hours of Sunday, Israeli warplanes and artillery targeted several areas in the south and northeast of Khan Yunis, as well as in the north of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.

Israeli warplanes also carried out an airstrike in the northeast of the city of Rafah in the farthest south of the territory, reported Wafa news agency.

Simultaneously, Israeli warplanes bombed a house on Mansoura Street in the Shuja’iya neighborhood of Gaza City, as well as areas west of Gaza City.

Late last night, twelve civilians, mostly children and women, were killed, and dozens were injured as a result of an Israeli airstrike which targeted a house belonging to the Thabet family in the Bushara neighborhood in the center of Deir al-Balah city in central Gaza.

Meanwhile, ambulance and rescue teams are still unable to reach many casualties and dead bodies trapped under the rubble or scattered on roads across the war-torn enclave, as Israeli occupation forces continue to obstruct the arrival of civil defense teams.

Many people are still trapped under rubble and on the roads as rescue teams are unable to reach them, according to the sources.

Israeli attacks on Deir el-Balah in central Gaza killed at least 12 people and injured many more, including children, according to videos and witnesses.

In addition to Mohammed’s family members, five Palestinians who were killed and 30 wounded arrived at the hospital, according to the hospital administration, as a result of Israeli airstrikes that targeted other areas in Deir al-Balah and its surroundings.

The bodies of the Tabatibi family members and other Palestinians were placed in a specially designated truck originally intended for transporting humanitarian aid to the central Gaza Strip. The hospital resorted to using it due to the unavailability of cars or trucks and the lack of fuel, as confirmed by one of its officials.

Among the dead Palestinians were several children and two pregnant women. The bodies were wrapped in plastic bags and covers, and some were placed in special burial bags, which have become rare due to the immense toll of Palestinians in the Strip since the beginning of the aggression.

A procession of mourners, including three injured family members, followed the truck towards the “Martyrs Cemetery” in Deir al-Balah, where they were laid to rest in a large pit parallel to the main cemetery, which can no longer accommodate more deceased.

At the site of the destroyed house due to the Israeli airstrike, Youssef Tabatibi, from the Nuseirat refugee camp, continued to search for the victims among the debris scattered over a wide area.

He told AFP, “We are searching for martyrs, and as you can see, we are working with our own hands,” pointing to a white bag, “These are body parts we collected from this four-story house. In the lower two floors, there are martyrs that we cannot extract. We don’t have equipment, bulldozers, machinery, or anything… We are working with our own hands.”

He continued sadly, “We brought shovels and stretchers, but to no avail… Look at the extent of the destruction.”

In the city of Rafah in the southernmost part of the Strip, an Israeli airstrike also targeted the home of the mosque muezzin in the Khirbat al-Adas neighborhood during Suhoor, killing him and his sons.

Their relative and neighbor, Mahmoud Dahir (41 years old), told AFP, “They bombed the house of Hajj Issam Dahir, the muezzin of the Hamza Mosque in the neighborhood, killing him and his sons, Mohammed and Basel. All family members were injured due to the rubble falling on them.”

He added, “Hajj Issam is 60 years old. He had already called for the first Adhan for Suhoor and went to his neighboring house to have Suhoor with his family when they bombed the house while he was eating with them.”

In a sorrowful and condemning tone, he asked, “He was a good man, waking people up for Suhoor and calling for Maghrib at Iftar time… The occupation does not need a reason to kill innocent civilians; it’s just a desire for revenge and killing in this holy month.”

He questioned, “Where is the world, and where are human rights?”

The Israeli warplanes bombed a number of Palestinian homes in Gaza, including homes of Jouda families in the Beach Camp, Al-Hilu in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood, and Al-Nunu and Awad in the Al-Nasr neighborhood, killing and injuring a number of people, who were transferred to Al-Shifa Hospital, west of Gaza City.

The Israeli artillery also bombed a number of Palestinian homes in Al-Bureij Camp and Al-Mughraqa area in the central Gaza Strip, wounding a number of Palestinians who were taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al-Balah.

Standing amidst dozens of lifeless bodies sprawled on the ground at the emergency department of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, in the heart of the Gaza Strip, Mohammed Tabatibi (19 years old) wept for many members of his family who fell victim to an Israeli airstrike.

Mohammed sustained injuries to his left hand during the attack that claimed the lives of 36 of his family members and relatives in the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza.

Mohammed told AFP while fighting back tears, “These are my mother, my father, my aunt, and my siblings… They bombed the house while we were inside. My mother and aunt were preparing Suhoor… They all died. I don’t know why they bombed the house and committed this massacre.”

Medical sources reported that bodies of five people were recovered from Hamad Town in Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, after a partial withdrawal of the occupation forces, coinciding with targeting of Al-Zinah and Al-Qarara areas to the east.

Local sources said that a civilian was killed in an artillery shelling east of Bureij camp in the center of the Gaza Strip, coinciding with raids by Israeli warplanes on Al-Shujaiya neighborhood, east of Gaza City, and Qalibu area to the north.

One in three children under age 2 in northern Gaza is now acutely malnourished as famine is looming amid the Israeli siege imposed on the region, the main UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) has warned.

“Children’s malnutrition is spreading fast and reaching unprecedented levels in Gaza,” the UN agency said in a social media post.

More than five months into Israel’s brutal war of genocide on the territory, much of the Gaza Strip is in ruins with most of its 2.3 million population displaced and facing a major humanitarian crisis.

Western countries have called on the Israeli occupation authorities to do more to allow in aid, with the UN saying it faced overwhelming obstacles in bringing in aid to the enclave, including crossing closures, exhausting searches, restrictions on movement and unrest inside Gaza.

Hospitals in Gaza have reported that some children are dying due to malnutrition and dehydration in northern Gaza, resulting from Israel’s blocking of humanitarian aid to the region.

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 waiting to be treated at Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital after being injured in Israeli attack on a house belonging to the Sabit family, in Deir al-Balah, Gaza on 17 03 2004. Photojournalist: Ashraf Amra/ AA]


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