31 Palestinians killed in Israeli strike on Nuseirat in central Gaza

AFP , Sunday 19 May 2024

Gaza's civil defence agency said Sunday that an Israeli air strike hit a house at a refugee camp in the centre of the Palestinian territory killed at least 31 people, updating an earlier toll.

File photo- Palestinians hold the body of a dead baby rescued from the rubble of a building destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Nuseirat, Gaza Strip, Tuesday, May 14, 2024. AP


"The civil defence crew were able to recover 31 martyrs and 20 wounded from a house belonging to the Hassan family, which was targeted by the Israeli occupation forces in the Nuseirat camp," Gaza civil defence agency spokesman Mahmud Bassal told journalists.

He said rescue workers were continuing to search for missing people under the rubble.

Earlier on Sunday the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital had said it had received the bodies of 20 people killed in the strike which witnesses said occurred around 3:00 am local time

Palestinian official news agency Wafa reported that the wounded included several children, and rescuers were searching for missing people trapped under the rubble.

Fierce battles and heavy Israeli bombardments have been reported in the central Nuseirat camp since the military launched an assault focussing on the southern city of Rafah in early May.

Palestinian fighters and Israeli troops have also clashed in north Gaza's Jabalia camp for days now.

Witnesses said several other houses were targeted in air strikes during the night across Gaza, and that air strikes and artillery shelling also hit parts of Rafah during the night.

The Israeli armt said two more soldiers were killed in Gaza the previous day.

The occupation army said 282 soldiers have been killed so far in Gaza since the start of the ground offensive on October 27.

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