80 more Palestinians martyred in Israeli air strikes

GAZA STRIP  -  An official of the Hamas-run health ministry in the Gaza Strip said more than 80 peo­ple were killed on Saturday in double Israeli strikes on the Jabalia refugee camp.

“At least 50 people” were killed in an Israeli strike at dawn on the UN-run Al-Fakhu­ra school in the camp, which had been converted into a shelter for displaced Palestin­ians, the official told AFP.

Social media videos -- which AFP was not able to verify -- showed bodies covered in blood and dust on the floor of a build­ing, where mattresses had been wedged under school tables.

A separate strike on anoth­er building in the camp on Sat­urday killed 32 people from the same family, 19 of them children, the health ministry official said. The ministry released a list of 32 members of the Abu Habal family it said had died. Jabalia is the big­gest refugee camp in Gaza, where some 1.6 million have been dis­placed by more than six weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas. The Israeli army did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the two strikes.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) was also un­able to offer an immediate re­action. At the start of Novem­ber, the Hamas government said more than 200 people had been killed and hundreds more wounded in Israeli bombard­ments on the Jabalia camp over three consecutive days.

Israel has vowed to destroy Hamas in response to the Octo­ber 7 attacks which Israeli offi­cials say killed about 1,200 peo­ple, in southern Israel and saw about 240 people taken hos­tage. The army’s relentless air and ground campaign has since killed 12,000 people, including 5,000 children, according to the Hamas government which has ruled Gaza since 2007.

Hundreds flee from hospital Hundreds of people fled on foot Saturday after the director of Gaza’s main hospital said Is­rael’s army ordered evacuation of the facility where more than 2,000 patients, medics and dis­placed people were trapped by the war between Israel and Hamas. The Israel Defence Forc­es (IDF) say that in the last 24 hours troops have “conducted activities in the Zaytun and Ja­balia areas, during which they encountered terrorists who in­tentionally operated from ci­vilian areas and attacked the troops using anti-tank missiles and explosives”. It adds that its forces “eliminated” a number of Hamas operatives in the pro­cess, “and struck a large num­ber of terrorist infrastructure”.

Columns of sick and injured -- some of them amputees -- displaced people, doctors and nurses, were seen making their way out of Al-Shifa hospital to­wards the seafront without am­bulances as loud explosions were heard around the facility.

On the way, an AFP journalist saw at least 15 bodies, some in advanced stages of decomposi­tion, along a road lined by badly damaged shops and overturned vehicles as Israeli drones buzzed overhead.

The Hamas-run health min­istry said 120 wounded, along with an unspecified number of premature babies, were still at Shifa hospital that has become the focus of the seven-week war sparked by Hamas’s un­precedented October 7 attacks on Israel. Israel has been press­ing military operations inside the hospital, searching for the Hamas operations centre it says lies under the sprawling com­plex -- a charge Hamas denies.

Israel has vowed to destroy Hamas in response to the Octo­ber 7 attacks which Israeli offi­cials say killed about 1,200 peo­ple, most of them civilians in southern Israel, and saw about 240 people taken hostage.

The army’s relentless air and ground campaign has since killed 12,000 people, including 5,000 children, according to the Hamas government which has ruled Gaza since 2007. In Gaza City on Saturday morning, Israeli troops had ordered over loudspeakers the evacuation of Al-Shifa hos­pital “in the next hour”, an AFP journalist at the scene report­ed. They called the hospital’s di­rector, Mohammed Abu Salmiya, telling him to ensure “the evac­uation of patients, wounded, the displaced and medical staff, and that they should move on foot to­wards the seafront”, he said. Is­rael’s army denied ordering the evacuation, saying it had “acced­ed to the request of the director of the Shifa Hospital to enable ad­ditional Gazans who were in the hospital, and would like to evac­uate, to do so”.

The United Nations estimat­ed 2,300 patients, staff and displaced Palestinians were sheltering at Al-Shifa before Is­raeli troops entered the facility on Wednesday.


Israel has told Palestinians to move from the north of Gaza for their safety, but deadly air strikes continue to hit central and southern areas of the nar­row coastal territory.

“They said the south was saf­er, so we moved,” Azhar al-Rifi told AFP. Her family was caught in a strike at the Nuseirat refu­gee camp on Friday, killing sev­en of her relatives including her five-year-old nephew. The same blast caught up Nada Abu Hiya, aged eight -- her third bomb­ing of the war. “There are bomb­ings everywhere,” she said. “My grandmother is dead, my moth­er is dead, my grandfather is dead, my uncle is dead, they de­stroyed our house. Our neigh­bours’ house is also destroyed and they are all dead.” 

Israel has imposed a siege on Gaza, allowing just a trickle of aid in from Egypt but barring most shipments of fuel over concerns Hamas could divert supplies for military purposes.

A first consignment of fuel entered Gaza after Israel’s war cabinet bowed to pressure from its ally the United States and agreed to allow two diesel tank­ers a day into the Palestinian territory. “We took that decision to prevent the spread of epi­demics,” Israel’s national securi­ty adviser Tzachi Hanegbi said.


A two-day blackout caused by fuel shortages ended after a first delivery arrived from Egypt late Friday, but UN officials con­tinued to plead for a ceasefire, warning no part of Gaza is safe.

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) said 70 per­cent of residents have no access to clean water in south Gaza, where raw sewage has begun to flow on the streets. 

UNRWA said Israel has agreed to allow in 60,000 litres (16,000 gallons) of fuel daily from Egypt starting Saturday, but warned it was little more than a third of what is needed to keep hos­pitals, water and sanitation fa­cilities running. Humanitarian chief Martin Griffiths told the UN General Assembly that fuel supplies to the agency so far were “a fraction of what is need­ed to meet the minimum of our humanitarian responsibilities”.

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