The assault is likely one of the deadliest of the practically three-month-long conflict.
A minimum of 70 individuals have been killed in an Israeli air assault in central Gaza’s al-Maghazi refugee camp, in response to the Palestinian Well being Ministry.
The ministry’s spokesman, Ashraf al-Qudra, late on Sunday stated the toll is more likely to rise.
“What is going on on the al-Maghazi camp is a bloodbath that’s being dedicated on a crowded residential sq.,” he stated.
Dozens extra are reported to be injured and several other homes have been destroyed within the assault as households dig via the rubble in an try to search out survivors.
“We had been all focused,” stated Ahmad Turokmani, who misplaced a number of members of the family together with his daughter and grandson. “There isn’t a protected place in Gaza anyway.”
Al Jazeera’s Tareq Abu Azzoum, reporting from Rafah in southern Gaza, stated the al-Magahzi refugee camp is likely one of the most densely-populated areas in the midst of the Gaza Strip.
He stated it was one of many locations the Israeli navy had beforehand instructed the Palestinians in Gaza to evacuate to. Now the camp has been “fully flattened”, he stated.
“The overwhelming majority of the casualties proper now have been amongst civilians, together with [a] two weeks [old] child that has been killed in chilly blood on this genocide,” stated Azzoum.
He in contrast the assault with one on the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza final week, wherein not less than 90 individuals had been killed.
The al-Maghazi camp was attacked final month as properly when not less than 50 Palestinians had been killed.
Azzoum stated the camp’s surrounding areas had been subjected to intense Israeli shelling within the final couple of days.
The closest hospital to the camp is the Al-Aqsa Hospital however well being amenities have been rendered non-functional throughout Gaza as Israel continues to bombard the territory for a 3rd month, killing greater than 20,400 Palestinians since October 7 and displacing greater than 80 p.c of the two.3 million individuals who reside there.
“All the medical care system in Gaza Strip is deteriorating and [is] on the sting of collapse,” stated Azzoum.
Hamas known as the air assault on the al-Maghazi camp “a horrific bloodbath” and stated it was “a brand new conflict crime”.
Israel’s navy spokesperson’s workplace stated it was wanting into experiences of the assault.