An attack on a residential area in central Gaza leaves dozens dead

An Israeli attack on a residential area in the town of Deir Al Balah, north of Khan Younis, left dozens dead on Tuesday, according to local authorities, who say the bombing killed 45 people. For his part, an AP reporter counted 34 bodies, including at least six children.

“We have received 45 martyrs from the Israeli bombing in the homes of three families in Deir Al Balah in the last hour,” the director of the Shuhada Al Aqsa Hospital, Eyad Al Jabri, told Reuters, also stating that the attacked target housed many displaced people. internal.

Last weekend, Israeli ground troops began operating in Deir al Balah and Khan Younis in a new phase of the war, with aerial bombardment intensifying in these areas to facilitate the soldiers’ work. The Israel Defense Forces have indicated that in the last 24 hours they have attacked 250 targets throughout the Strip.

After several days calling for the evacuation of civilians, the Army dropped pamphlets in the area instructing people to stay inside hospitals and shelters. “Don’t go out, going out is dangerous. You have been warned,” read the pamphlets thrown around Khan Yunis.

“Nowhere is safe in Gaza. No hospitals, no shelters, no refugee camps. No one is safe. Not even the children. Not even health workers. Not even humanitarian workers. This blatant disregard for basic humanity must end. The fighting must end,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator Martin Griffiths said on Tuesday.

Israeli bombings have left 16,200 dead in just two months and 70% of them are women and children, according to figures published by the Gaza Ministry of Health. Additionally, the Army has said that Tuesday was “the most intense day of fighting” since the beginning of the ground operation.

“In recent days we have moved on to the third phase of the maneuver. “We have taken control of many Hamas strongholds in the north and now we operate against their centers of gravity in the south,” said the Chief of the Defense Staff, Hertzi Halevi.

Israel has called for the evacuation of civilians further south, towards Rafah, where tens of thousands of internally displaced people have arrived in the last three days. “Shelters in the city of Rafah have far exceeded their capacity and the majority of newly arrived internally displaced people have settled on the streets and in empty spaces in the city,” notes the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). . UNRWA has distributed hundreds of tents pitched in makeshift shelters.

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