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Israel raids destroy Khan Yunis mosque in southern Gaza

December 1, 2023 at 4:52 pm

An aerial view of a destroyed residential area due to the Israeli attacks in Khan Yunis, Gaza on November 24, 2023 [Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli warplanes, on Friday, bombed the Halima Mosque in the city of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip, levelling it to the ground, according to an Anadolu correspondent on the scene.

“The Israeli army bombed the Halima Mosque, which led to its complete destruction, in addition to widespread destruction in the targeted area,” an eyewitness told Anadolu.

Since the start of the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army has completely destroyed 88 mosques, in addition to partially destroying 174 others. Israeli forces also targeted three churches, according to the government media office in Gaza.

Under the rules of war, all such civilian facilities should be off-limits to attack. Israel has claimed Palestinian group, Hamas, is using such buildings as bases but, so far, has failed to produce any convincing evidence, according to most observers.

Over 100 Palestinians have been killed and many others injured since Israel quickly resumed attacking the Gaza Strip following the end of a multi-day humanitarian pause, the Health Ministry in Gaza said.

The pause between Israel and Hamas, which went into effect a week ago, ended on Friday morning.

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