At least 20 Palestinian children killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City in last 24 hours: Civil defence spox

Ahram Online , Thursday 23 May 2024

The Israeli occupation army killed at least 33 people in airstrikes on Gaza City, at least 20 of them children, in the past 24 hours as Israel intensifies its assault on the Gaza Strip, now in its seventh month.

People inspect the damage in the rubble of a building that was damaged during Israeli bombardment at the Al-Daraj neighbourhood in Gaza City. AFP


Gaza's Civil Defence Agency Spokesman Mahmoud Bassal told AFP that two pre-dawn Israeli airstrikes on Thursday killed 26 people in Gaza City.

Bassal noted that one Israeli strike hit a family's house, killing 16 people, while the second strike hit a mosque, killing 10 others.

He said among the dead were at least 15 children, including 10 who were killed when their family's house was hit in the Al-Daraj neighbourhood of Gaza City.

At the same time, five children died when their school inside a mosque complex was hit, the spokesman said, adding that rescue teams pulled out several wounded from the strikes.

Meanwhile, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported late Wednesday that at least seven people, among them children, were killed and 20 others wounded in an Israeli drone strike targeting people gathered in front of a gas station in Gaza City's southern Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood.

Elsewhere in Gaza, Israel launched several airstrikes late Wednesday, targeting central and southern Rafah, while Israeli army naval boats targeted fishermen’s boats on the shore of Rafah, destroying them, Wafa reported.

This came as Israeli artillery heavily shelled several areas in Jabalia Al-Balad in the north of Gaza. It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties.

Israel's war on Gaza has killed at least 35,709 Palestinians and injured nearly 80,000, mostly women and children, according to the health ministry.

More than 7,000 people remain missing or presumed dead under the rubble of their homes as Israel has been carpet-bombing the territory since 7 October, while nearly two million people from all over Gaza have been forcefully displaced from their homes, Wafa reported.

The majority of those displaced have been forced into the southern city of Rafah near the border with Egypt where Israel has launched a "limited operation," sparking fears for some 1.5 million Palestinians sheltering in the densely populated city.

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