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Casualties in Israeli strikes on Gaza homes, gatherings: Witnesses

June 20, 2024 at 9:10 pm

Relatives of Palestinians, who died after the Israeli strike hit the Nuseirat refugee camp, mourns over the dead body of her beloved one after being brought to the morgue of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al Balah, Gaza on June 19, 2024. [Ashraf Amra – Anadolu Agency]

Several Palestinians were killed and injured, Thursday, in Israeli airstrikes that targeted two homes and two groups of residents in Gaza City, Anadolu Agency reports.

Witnesses told Anadolu that multiple casualties were transported to the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in the city following the strikes with warplanes and drones on two homes and the gatherings.

Warplanes bombed a house in the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood in south-eastern Gaza City and another in the Al-Shejaiya neighbourhood in the east, said witnesses.

They also reported that drones targeted residents in the western part of the city and in the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood.

The number of casualties, or the severity of injuries, remains unclear.

Flouting a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire, Israel has faced international condemnation amid its continued brutal offensive on Gaza since a 7 October, 2023 attack by Hamas.

More than 37,400 Palestinians have since been killed in Gaza, most of them women and children, and more than 85,600 others injured, according to local health authorities.

More than eight months into the Israeli war, vast tracts of Gaza lie in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water and medicine.

Israel stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which in its latest ruling has ordered Tel Aviv to immediately halt its operation in the southern city of Rafah, where over a million Palestinians had sought refuge from the war before it was invaded on 6 May.

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