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Israel targets northern Gaza with barrage of air strikes

October 14, 2023 at 6:36 pm

Black smoke rises after an Israeli airstrike on the eighth day of the clashes in Gaza Strip, Gaza on October 13, 2023. [Ali Jadallah – Anadolu Agency]

Israeli warplanes early Saturday carried out intensive airstrikes in northern Gaza, with multiple casualties reported, Anadolu reports.

The strikes targeted several houses and facilities in the Jabalia refugee camp and Al-Mashrooh neighborhood in Beit Lahia, according to an Anadolu reporter.

Dozens of Palestinians were reported dead in the attacks. The Palestinian Health Ministry has yet to confirm the fatalities.

The Israeli army has also resumed artillery shelling from gunboats and tanks along the eastern and western Gaza Strip, according to an Anadolu correspondent.

Anadolu also reported that a rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip towards the city of Ashkelon, southern Israel, a region adjacent to the strip.

On Friday, the Israeli military warned 1.1 million residents in northern Gaza to evacuate “within 24 hours” and move south.

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The UN warned it would be impossible for Palestinians to obey the order to leave the north without “devastating humanitarian consequences.”

One week ago, Israeli forces launched a sustained and forceful military campaign against the Gaza Strip in response to a military offensive by the Palestinian group Hamas in Israeli territories.

The conflict began last Saturday when Hamas initiated Operation Al-Aqsa Flood – a multi-pronged surprise attack including a barrage of rocket launches and infiltrations into Israel via land, sea, and air.

Hamas said the operation was in retaliation for the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and Israeli settlers’ growing violence against Palestinians.

The Israeli military then launched Operation Swords of Iron against Hamas targets within the Gaza Strip.

That response has extended into cutting water and electricity supplies to Gaza, further worsening the living conditions in an area that has reeled under a crippling siege since 2007, as well as ordering over a million Gazans to evacuate the northern Gaza Strip.

More than 3,300 people have been killed since the outbreak of the conflict, including 1,900 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis.

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