Israel kills 70 Palestinians in 24 hours intensifying assaults in north and central Gaza

AFP , Ahram Online , Sunday 19 May 2024

Israeli bombardment killed 70 Palestinians over the past 24 hours in Gaza, the Palestinian health ministry said, as Israel renewed its assaults on northern and central areas of the Palestinian strip.

Palestinians mourn their relatives who were killed in an Israeli airstrike in Nuseirat, at the Al Aqsa hospital in Deir al Balah, Gaza Strip, Sunday, May 19, 2024. AP


The health ministry said Sunday that at least 35,456 people have been killed and 79,476 have been wounded in Gaza since the war began on 7 October.

The Israeli army has attacked Gaza's crowded far-southern city of Rafah, where the UN says 800,000 civilians have been newly displaced by the assault, despite the international backlash. 

Israel has also renewed attacks on northern and central areas of Gaza that were previously considered under army control, sparking US warnings that the military could become mired in a lengthy counterinsurgency campaign.

In the latest aerial bombardment overnight, Gaza's civil defense agency said a strike had killed 31 people and wounded 20 more in a family house in the central Nuseirat refugee camp.

The wounded included several children, and rescuers were searching the rubble for missing people, said the Palestinian official news agency WAFA.

The occupation forces are besieging Al-Awda Hospital in Jabalia, north of the Gaza Strip, and treatment services cannot be provided to the injured and sick, WAFA reported citing medical sources.

The sources added that the occupation artillery bombed Al-Awda Hospital with several shells before surrounding it, preventing civilians and medical teams from entering or leaving the hospital, which hindered providing treatment services to the injured and sick.

Media sources said the occupation army bulldozed the vicinity of Al-Awda Hospital.

On Saturday, Palestinian relatives wailed with grief as victims, including an infant, were rushed to Kamal Adwan Hospital, following Israeli strikes and heavy clashes in Jabalia.

"Tanks and bulldozers approached our homes, forcing us to leave, after they struck a neighbouring house and injured us," Abu Nabil, a Jabalia resident, said. 

"I call upon all free people in the world, to anyone with a shred of humanity ... massacres are happening here. Children are being torn into pieces. What's the fault of these children and women?" 

'Day after' scenarios 

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan was to hold talks Sunday in Israel with his Israeli counterpart Tzachi Hanegbi and Prime Minister Benjamen Netanyahu on the Gaza war, after meeting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the kingdom earlier.

Saudi state media said Prince Bin Salman and Sullivan discussed "the semi-final version of the draft strategic agreements between the kingdom and the United States of America, the work which is close to being completed."

They had also discussed "the situation in Gaza, the necessity of stopping the war there, and facilitating the entry of humanitarian aid," addressing the Palestinian issue and "ways to find a credible path towards a two-state solution."


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