April 16, 2024

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IDF confirms airstrike in northern Gaza Strip on refugee camp (video)

More than 50 people were killed in an Israeli strike on the largest Jabaliya refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. More than 116,000 Palestinian refugees were registered here in June.

This was reported by the Ministry of Health in Gaza. By information The Guardian, 47 bodies recovered from rubble. According to some reports, there were more dead, many of them women and children. Local residents are looking for survivors. Israel confirmed that fighter jets struck the densely populated camp. writes euronews.

The strike targeted militant commander Ibrahim Biari and the militants’ underground tunnels, the IDF noted. They claim that the bombs were dropped between houses – right through underground tunnels. But after the tunnels were destroyed, the buildings around them collapsed. Tel Aviv said it was looking into reports of civilian deaths. IDF spokesman Daniel Hagari stated:

“This bastion was used to prepare a terrorist operation and as a passage to the coastal zone, from where the terrorists came out for reprisals on October 7.”

According to Tel Aviv, as a result of an attack by Hamas militants in the south of the country then they died more than 1400 Israelis.

The strike on Jebaliya was sharply condemned by Saudi Arabia. Jeddah called it inhumane and emphasized that it led “to the death and injury of a large number of innocent civilians.”

Chile and Colombia recalled their ambassadors due to “Israeli violations of international humanitarian law” and “the massacre of the Palestinian people.” Bolivia broke off diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.

The IDF continues ground operations in the Gaza Strip and reports nine military personnel killed. Seven people were killed when a rocket hit a Namer armored personnel carrier, and two more were killed when a tank hit an explosive device. Two more IDF soldiers died the day before.

In the Palestinian enclave, local authorities report, 8.5 thousand people were killed. On Wednesday, telephone and internet services were again cut off in Gaza. Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Stephane Dujarric says:

“The Secretary-General is deeply alarmed by the escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas, and other Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip. This includes the expansion of IDF operations, accompanied by intense air strikes, and continued rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza.”

Gaza authorities said Egypt, the only country other than Israel bordering Gaza, had agreed to allow in 81 seriously wounded Palestinians. There is no official confirmation of this yet.

Over the past 24 hours, 66 trucks carrying humanitarian aid have entered the sector through the Rafah checkpoint, Washington said. This is still less than before October 7. The cars contain medicine, food and drinking water, but not fuel, which Israel refuses to allow into the enclave.

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