Scores Killed as Israeli Jets Launch Fresh Airstrikes on Jabalia Camp in Gaza; Death Toll Climbs to 8,796


GAZA CITY – Scores of Palestinians were killed in fresh Israeli airstrikes on the Jabalia refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, according to the state news agency Wafa.

Israeli fighter jets struck a residential square in camp’s residential area of Falluja, the broadcaster said.

Several children and women were among the victims, Wafa said, without providing any further details.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has yet to confirm the death toll.

A series of Israeli airstrikes on the camp on Tuesday led to hundreds of casualties, according to the Interior Ministry in the besieged enclave.

Most of the victims were women and children, it said, adding that Israeli warplanes destroyed the entire residential square known as Block 6.

This week the Israeli army has expanded its air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip, which has been under relentless airstrikes since the Palestinian resistance group Hamas launched a surprise cross-border offensive against Israel on Oct. 7.

The death toll from ongoing Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip has climbed to 8,796, the Health Ministry in the blockaded enclave said.

The Palestinian death toll from an Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip has soared to 8,796, the Health Ministry in the blockaded enclave said on Wednesday.

“The victims include 3,648 children and 2,290 women, while 22,219 other people were injured,” ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told a news conference in Gaza City.

He said 2,030 people were still trapped under the rubble in Gaza.

“The Israeli attacks left 132 medics dead and 25 ambulances destroyed,” al-Qudra added.

According to the spokesman, Israeli forces have targeted 58 health care facilities in Gaza since Oct. 7.

“Some 58 hospitals and 32 primary care centers were forced out of service due to the Israeli assault and fuel shortage,” he added.

Since last weekend, the Israeli army has widened its air and ground attacks on the Gaza Strip, which has been under relentless airstrikes since the surprise offensive by Palestinian group Hamas on Oct. 7.

More than 1,538 Israelis have been killed in Hamas attacks. -AA


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