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71 more Palestinians killed in Gaza, death toll climbs to 32,623

March 29, 2024 at 9:27 am

Relatives mourn near dead bodies of Palestinians collected from the morgue of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital to be buried after Israeli attack hit the houses belonging to the Salman family as Israel’s air, land and sea attacks continue on the Gaza Strip on March 25, 2024 in Deir al-Balah, Gaza. [Ashraf Amra – Anadolu Agency]

At least 71 more Palestinians were killed and 112 others injured over the last 24 hours, as Israel continues its onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip, the territory’s Health Ministry said on Friday, Anadolu Agency reports.

“The Israeli occupation (forces) committed seven massacres against families in the Gaza Strip, leaving 71 martyrs and 112 injured during the past 24 hours,” a ministry statement said.

“Many people are still trapped under rubble and on the roads as rescuers are unable to reach them,” it added.

Flouting the International Court of Justice’s provisional ruling, Israel continues its onslaught on the Gaza Strip where at least 32,623 Palestinians have been killed, mostly women and children, and 75,092 injured since Oct. 7, according to Palestinian health authorities.

Israel has pounded the Gaza Strip since a cross-border attack by Hamas, which Tel Aviv says killed nearly 1,200 people.

The Israeli war on Gaza has pushed 85% of the territory’s population into internal displacement amid acute shortages of food, clean water, and medicine, while 60% of the enclave’s infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice. An interim ruling in January ordered Tel Aviv to stop genocidal acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.

Hostilities have continued unabated, however, and aid deliveries remain woefully insufficient to address the humanitarian catastrophe.

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