Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza Refugee Camp Kill 50 Palestinians and Hamas Commander
Gaza City – In a devastating response to an attack by Palestinian Hamas militants on Israeli civilians earlier this month, Israeli airstrikes hit a refugee camp in Gaza, resulting in the deaths of at least 50 Palestinians, including a senior Hamas commander. Medics in Gaza’s hospitals battled to treat the mounting casualties, setting up makeshift operating rooms in corridors due to overwhelming demand.
According to Palestinian health officials, 50 deaths and 150 injuries were reported, while Hamas claimed the toll was much higher with 400 dead and injured. Israel has repeatedly warned Gaza residents, particularly those in the northern areas, to evacuate in anticipation of the strikes, but many have chosen to stay, defying the calls for their safety.
The situation in Gaza has attracted international attention and condemnation. Anti-war protesters recently interrupted a hearing in Congress regarding aid to Israel, demanding an immediate ceasefire. Additionally, United Nations officials have expressed deep concern over the worsening public health crisis in Gaza. The hospitals are struggling to cope with the surge in casualties due to dwindling medical supplies and ongoing power cuts.
Meanwhile, Hamas has offered a glimmer of hope by announcing their intention to release some foreign captives, although no specifics were provided. This comes as families of Israeli victims of the Oct. 7 attack appealed to the International Criminal Court, seeking an investigation, despite Israel’s refusal to acknowledge the Court’s jurisdiction.
Efforts are underway to secure the safe passage of American citizens and foreign nationals wishing to leave Gaza. The United States has made progress in negotiations towards this end, and Egypt has agreed to allow 81 severely wounded Gazans into the country for much-needed medical treatment.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for the protection of civilians in Gaza and urged all parties involved to exercise proportional behavior. This comes as Israeli ground forces engage in intense battles with Hamas gunmen in underground tunnels within Gaza. The Israeli military has struck around 300 targets in the past day, targeting anti-tank missile and rocket launch posts, as well as underground military compounds.
Hamas, on the other hand, has vowed to fiercely defend Gaza against any invasions and claims to be locked in fierce battles with Israeli ground forces. The situation remains highly volatile, with the hope for an immediate resolution seeming distant. The international community continues to monitor and advocate for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict.
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