Palestinians mourn 28 killed in Israeli airstrikes on urban refugee camps in Gaza

AP , Wednesday 20 Mar 2024

Mourners held funeral prayers Wednesday morning outside a hospital in central Gaza for 28 people killed in three separate Israeli airstrikes on urban refugee camps.

A medic carries a wounded Palestinian boy into the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah on March 19, 2024, following Israeli bombardment in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip .AFP


Associated Press footage showed mourners praying over the bodies, which were wrapped in funeral shrouds, before the bodies were taken away in donkey carts for burial.

Nineteen people, including five women and nine children, were killed when a strike flattened a family home late Tuesday in the urban Nuseirat refugee camp. Another person was killed in a separate strike in the camp. A strike in the nearby Bureij camp killed eight people, including three women.

The dead were brought to the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Hospital, the main medical facility in central Gaza. An Associated Press reporter saw the bodies and their names in hospital records.

Nuseirat and Bureij are among several dense, built-up refugee camps in Gaza that date back to 1948, when an estimated 700,000 Palestinians fled or were driven from their homes. Refugees and their descendants make up a majority of Gaza’s population of 2.3 million.

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