At least 30 dead as Israel pounds Gaza overnight: Hamas govt

AFP , Wednesday 11 Oct 2023

At least 30 people have been killed and hundreds wounded as Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with hundreds of air strikes overnight, a Hamas government official said Wednesday.

Palestinian men carried away the body of a person killed by Israeli bombardment along a debris-littered street in al-Karama district in Gaza City on October 11, 2023 .AFP


Dozens of residential buildings, factories, mosques, and shops were hit, the head of the government's media office, Salama Marouf, told AFP.

Gaza officials have reported 900 people killed since the air strikes began, while more than 1,000 people have been killed in Israel.

Over 260,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in the Gaza Strip, as heavy Israeli bombardments from the air, land, and sea continue to hit the Palestinian enclave, the United Nations said.

The bombing campaign has destroyed more than 1,000 housing units, and 560 have been so severely damaged they are uninhabitable, OCHA said, citing Palestinian authorities.

Among the displaced, nearly 175,500 people sought shelter in 88 schools run by the UN agency supporting Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, it said.

The Israeli military claimed that it had hit several alleged Hamas targets during the night.

It said that fighter jets destroyed "advanced detection systems" that Hamas used to spot military aircraft.

They also hit 80 Hamas targets in the Beit Hanoun area of the northeastern Gaza Strip, including two bank branches used by the Islamist group to "fund terrorism" in the enclave, according to Israeli narrative.

Air strikes also hit a weapons storage facility and an operational command center used by the Islamic Jihad group, it added.

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