Israeli air strikes on residential blocks in south Gaza killed at least 50 people yesterday, medics said, while the UN’s Palestinian refugee agency said scores more had been killed and wounded at a school in the north sheltering displaced civilians.
The latest bloodshed came after Israel again warned civilians to relocate as it girds for an onslaught against Hamas in the enclave’s south, after subduing the north.
“Receiving horrifying images and footage of scores of people killed and injured in another @UNRWA school sheltering thousands of displaced in the north of the Gaza Strip,” UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said on social media platform X.
“These attacks cannot become commonplace, they must stop. A humanitarian ceasefire cannot wait any longer.”
A spokesperson for Gaza’s Hamas authorities said 200 people had been killed or injured.
Overnight yesterday, 26 Palestinians were killed and 23 wounded by an air strike on two apartments in a multi-storey block in a busy residential district of Khan Younis, according to health officials.
A few kilometres to the north, six Palestinians were killed when a house was bombed from the air in the town of Deir Al Balah, health authorities said.
A third Israeli air strike killed 15 Palestinians in a house west of Khan Younis, close to a shelter for displaced people, witnesses and medics said.
- Bahrain yesterday strongly condemned the Israeli bombing of Al Fakhoura School, affiliated with the UNRWA, and Tal Al Zaatar School in Jabalia Camp.
The Foreign Ministry renewed its call to the international community to intervene urgently to establish a ceasefire and provide protection for civilians, and reject the targeting of schools, hospitals and civilian objects.