Israeli forces have attacked cities, towns and refugee camps, killing up to 80 people and forcing thousands more to flee.
At least 20 Palestinians, including women and children, were killed in an Israeli attack on a residential building near the Kuwaiti Specialist Hospital in Rafah, as the besieged Gaza Strip reels from a daylong offensive that has left dozens dead. died.
“The airstrike completely destroyed a residential building full of displaced people,” Al Jazeera correspondent Tarek Abu Azwom said Thursday, reporting on the aftermath of an Israeli airstrike near a hospital in Kuwait.
“To this day, rescue operations by ambulances and civil defense teams continue to pull people out from under the rubble.”
The Palestinian Authority said on Thursday that Israel had shelled every corner of the Gaza Strip, killing at least 50 people. More than 21,320 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip, and nearly 90 percent of the population has been displaced.
Israel stepped up attacks across Gaza on Thursday despite global outrage, targeting Beit Rahiya, Khan Younis, Rafah and Maghazi as it called for a cease-fire amid rising death toll.
Palestinians living in besieged enclaves say they have nowhere safe to flee. Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said on Thursday that more than 200 people had been killed in 24 hours and entire families had been wiped out.
More than 55,000 Palestinians have been injured and nearly 1,200 killed, the deadliest attack since Israel’s founding in 1948 since Israel launched a military offensive in southern Israel on October 7 in response to a Hamas attack. It became.
Israel’s attack on Gaza has been one of the most destructive in modern history, causing enormous humanitarian costs and prompting accusations of a campaign of collective punishment against Palestinian civilians.
Israeli officials on Thursday blamed inappropriate ammunition for the high death toll in the Christmas Eve attack on Magazi refugee camp. The attack killed more than 70 people and sparked global outrage.
Almost three months after the fighting began, Hamas fighters continue to put up fierce resistance against Israeli forces, including some who say continued Israeli attacks have left the area unrecognizable. It also includes the northern part of Gaza.
The Israeli military siege has also severely restricted access to food, fuel, water and electricity, with UN officials saying an estimated 25% of Gaza residents are starving.
“With so many people gathered in one city, it’s already difficult enough to have a daily meal and find drinking water,” said Mohamed Tabet, a Gazan resident and striker in Rafah. Later, he spoke to Abu Azizm.
“Far south of the Gaza Strip and this close to the border with Egypt, people feel like there is nothing else they can do but hope for the best.”
Asked if he felt safe in southern Gaza, Tabet said: “After everything we saw, it was not safe at all. There is no place in Gaza that is safe.”
The United States has played an integral role in Israel’s war, providing Israel with arms packages and strong diplomatic support as pressure mounts for Israel to end the fighting.
Israel has vowed to expand its offensive, pushing further south into areas where hundreds of thousands of displaced Palestinians are seeking refuge.