Israel launches fresh strikes on Gaza as UN nears vote on aid

Israeli forces on Sunday night launched fresh attacks throughout the night across the Gaza Strip.

This is even as the United Nations Security Council looked set to vote on a demand that Israel and Hamas allow aid accss to the Palestinian enclave.

Gaza’s health ministry spokesperson told Reuters that one Israeli strike on the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza on Sunday killed 90

Hamas Aqsa radio also said another missile attack on a house belonging to the Shehab family killed 24 people.

A medic stated dozens of people had been killed or wounded in the Shehab family home and nearby buildings.

“We believe the number of dead people under the rubble is huge but there is no way to remove the rubble and recover them because of the intensity of Israeli fire,” he said by telephone on Sunday.

Meanwhile, in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza, medics claimed that 12 Palestinians had been killed and dozens wounded while an Israeli air strike on a house left at least four people dead in Rafah.

People rushed to the building to rescue those trapped under the rubble.

The sound of the explosion was “as powerful as an earthquake”, Mahmoud Jarbou, who lives nearby, told Reuters

The Israeli government said it operated against militant targets and that it takes extraordinary measures to avoid hitting civilians.

According to Gaza health ministry spokesman, Ashraf Al-Qidra, an Israeli tank shell hit the maternity building inside the Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, killing a 13-year-old girl named Dina Abu Mehsen.

Al-Qidra said that Abu Mehsen had previously lost her father, mother, two of her siblings, and one of her legs during the shelling of a house in the Al-Amal neighbourhood in Khan Younis a few weeks ago.

 

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