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Israel continues deadly assaults across Gaza

19-05-2024

GAZA CITY: Hamas says Palestinians will continue to confront the ground invasion of Rafah and other places in Gaza “no matter how long the aggression lasts and regardless of its form”.

More than 630,000 people have now fled Israel’s advance on southern Rafah with another 100,000 escaping from the ground assault on the north.

Jenin Brigades commander Islam Khamayseh killed and eight others wounded in an Israeli missile attack in the occupied West Bank’s Jenin refugee camp.

At least 35,386 people have been killed and 79,366 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7. The revised death toll in Israel from Hamas’s attack is 1,139 with dozens still held captive.

Israeli Knesset member and former Mossad deputy chief Ram Ben-Barak said the ongoing war in Gaza is “futile”, asserting that Israel is on the losing end and facing economic collapse. “This war lacks a clear objective, and it’s evident that we’re unequivocally losing it,” Ben-Barak told Israeli public radio.

“We are forced to engage in fighting in the same areas and end up losing more soldiers. We’re also facing setbacks on the international stage, our relations with the US deteriorating significantly, and the Israeli economy in decline,” he said.

“Show me one thing we have succeeded in.”

We are witnessing one of the most rapid mass killings of civilians across the Gaza Strip since the initial weeks of this war.

We just got a confirmed report that the number of people killed at the vicinity of Kamal Adwan Hospital has risen to 14. This includes women and children who were in that residential block across the road from one of the gates of the hospital.

A witness described a massive explosion that took place after multiple air strikes targeted the residential block. In addition to those killed, there are multiple injured. They have all been transferred inside the hospital, which severely lacks medical supplies and basic necessities.

Footage shared online, and verified by media, shows the destruction of a number of houses by Israeli shelling in Jabalia, as residents try to search for people trapped under the rubble.

At least 15 people were killed and many were wounded in the Israeli bombardment of a residential square around Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza this morning.

“An entire residential block was bombed by Israel,” said one resident. “We pulled children out of the rubble. There are many families who are still under the rubble. Most of them were inside their homes, and they have displaced people.”

As Israel’s bombing of Gaza intensifies, Netanyahu faces a rift in his war cabinet and growing international pressure and yet, this is a war that the vast majority of Israelis continue to support, thanks in no small part to one-sided coverage by Israeli media.

At least eight people, including women and children, have been reported killed and 10 were wounded after Israeli artillery shelling targeted a group of Palestinians filling water containers in the al-Faluja area, west of Jabalia camp, in northern Gaza today.

“We were displaced to the Faluja area, which is considered a safe area, and suddenly this place was shelled by the Israelis. We do not know where to go,” a witness said.

Video footage shared online and verified by media showed how the attack turned the area into a pool of blood, as well as the impact of shrapnel on shops and homes at the site of the bombing.

Three US health workers have opted to stay in Gaza to support its depleted health sector despite warnings from the US State Department it may not be able to evacuate them later. (Int’l News Desk)

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