Dozens of people were killed in an attack on a residential area in the central part of Gaza

An Israeli attack on a residential area in the town of Deir al-Balah, north of Khan Younis, killed dozens of people on Tuesday, with local authorities saying the explosion killed 45 people. In turn, an AP reporter counted 34 bodies, including at least six children.

“In the last hour, we have received 45 martyrs from the Israeli shelling in the homes of three families in Deir al-Balah,” Eyad al-Jabri, director of the Shuhada al-Aqsa hospital, told Reuters, adding that the targets of the attack were many. IDPs. Interior.

Israeli ground forces began operations in Deir al-Balakh and Khan Younis last weekend in a new phase of the war, with aerial bombardment intensifying to facilitate the work of soldiers in these areas. The Israel Defense Forces said they had struck 250 targets along the strip in the past 24 hours.

After days of calling for the evacuation of civilians, the army dropped leaflets in the area instructing people to stay in hospitals and shelters. “Don’t go out, it’s dangerous to go out. You have been warned,” read leaflets scattered around Khan Yun.

“Nowhere in Gaza is safe. No hospitals, no shelters, no refugee camps. No one is safe. Not children. 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.

According to data released by the Gaza Ministry of Health, Israeli bombing has killed 16,200 people in just two months, and 70% of them are women and children. In addition, the army said Tuesday was the “most intense day of fighting” since the ground operation began.

“In the last few days, we moved to the third phase of the maneuver. “We have taken control of many Hamas strongholds in the north and are now operating against their centers of gravity in the south,” said Defense Chief of Staff Hertz Halevi.

Israel has called for the evacuation of civilians further south in Rafah, where tens of thousands of internally displaced people have arrived in the past three days. “Shelters in the town of Rafah have far exceeded their capacity, and most of the newly arrived displaced people have settled on the streets and in vacant lots in the town,” notes the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). . UNRWA distributed hundreds of tents, pitched in makeshift shelters.

Source: El Diario

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