More than 400 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip over the past 24 hours as a result of Israel’s ongoing bombing campaign, making it the deadliest period since the air strikes began on 7 October.
The raids were concentrated in Jabaliya and Beit Lahia in the north of the Strip, Al-Remal neighbourhood in central Gaza, Al-Shati camp in the west, and Khan Yunis and Rafah in the south.
Medical sources told the WAFA news agency: “At the end of the 16th day of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, which has been ongoing since October 7, more than 400 citizens were martyred, the majority of whom were children and women.”
The sources added that the percentage of martyrs among children, women and the elderly reached about 70 per cent.
“44 Palestinians were martyred in Khan Yunis Governorate, 57 in Rafah, 168 in Central, 66 in Gaza, and 44 citizens in the North,” they said, adding: “Six were martyred and 11 others were injured in a bombing of a house over the heads of its residents in Rafah.”
For the 16th day in a row, the Israeli occupation army continues to target Gaza with intense air strikes that destroyed entire neighbourhoods, leaving 4,651 Palestinian martyrs, including 1,873 children and 1,023 women, and wounding 14,245, according to the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip. There are also an unknown number of people missing – presumed dead – under the rubble.