Thursday , April 25 2024

Dozens more martyred in ‘heinous massacre’ in Gaza


GAZA CITY: Israeli army shelling of residential homes in central Gaza killed at least 40 Palestinians, local authorities say, adding that they hold the US administration in addition to Israel responsible for the “ongoing crimes”.

“We call on the free world to immediately put an end to this war of extermination that the Israeli army is waging against civilians”: Gaza’s government media office.

With Western donors freezing funds, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, says it has reached “breaking point” during a time of “unprecedented humanitarian needs in Gaza”.

Gaza’s Health Ministry reports that Israeli forces have re-entered the besieged Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis after withdrawing from it briefly amid deteriorating conditions at the medical centre.

At least 29,410 Palestinians have been killed and 69,465 injured in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7. The revised death toll in Israel from the October 7 attacks stands at 1,139.

Six Palestinians have been killed and more injured by an Israeli air strike on a home in Rafah in southern Gaza, the Wafa news agency reports.

The strike happened in the Zalata area east of Rafah, and the injured have been transferred to the Martyr Abu Yousef Al-Najjar Hospital.

Wafa also reports that Israeli forces have bombed a house in the Yabna camp in central Rafah, but there have been no fatalities.

Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has said that he won’t “mince words” by declaring that the “overwhelming majority of Palestinians are not Hamas”.

“Hamas does not represent the Palestinian people. In fact, they’re also suffering as a result of Hamas’ terrorism. We need to be clear-eyed about that reality,” he wrote on X.

There are reports of growing friction between the US president and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over mounting civilian casualties in Gaza, Israeli restrictions on humanitarian aid entering the besieged enclave, and Netanyahu’s public opposition to the creation of a Palestinian state.

Despite these apparent policy differences, US weapons have continued to flow to the Israeli military, while Biden is also pushing to secure $14bn in additional aid for Tel Aviv.

Israel forces have demolished two homes, a water well and an electricity network in the Khallet al-Farra community, south of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, the Wafa news agency reports.

Israeli settlers have also opened fire on a shop and an electricity network in the village of Naqoura, northwest of Nablus, Wafa also reports.

However, Palestinian fighters have shot at Israeli forces at the Dotan checkpoint near Jenin. (Int’l Monitoring Desk)

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