Gaza Strip suffers deadliest day in 15 years after Hamas attack

Gaza Strip suffers deadliest day in 15 years after Hamas attack

The Gaza Strip experienced its deadliest day in 15 years following an unprecedented attack by Hamas on Israel, which prompted Israel to respond with air strikes that resulted in the deaths of nearly 300 Palestinians within 24 hours, according to Palestinian officials.

Among the casualties were three-month-old twins, along with their mother and three sisters, who were killed in an air strike on Saturday in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, as confirmed by family members.

The strike, which destroyed four houses, claimed the lives of at least 10 people. Rescue teams were still searching for survivors in the rubble on Sunday.

Israel’s main military spokesman described the attack by Hamas fighters, who killed at least 700 Israelis and abducted dozens, as “the worst massacre of innocent civilians in Israel’s history.” Consequently, Israel’s response has been severe.

According to the Health Ministry in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, 370 Palestinians have been reported killed so far, with another 2,200 wounded. Saturday saw the highest number of Palestinians killed in Gaza by Israeli attacks in a single day since 2008.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to seek “mighty vengeance for this wicked day.”

Sabreen Abu Daqqa, who was rescued from the rubble of the houses struck in Khan Younis, woke up in the hospital to discover that three of her children had been killed, two were wounded, and the fate of the sixth child was uncertain. She recalled the collapse of everything around her and the desperate search for her children under the rubble, which took three hours.

Israeli air strikes on Gaza commenced shortly after the Hamas attack and continued throughout the night and into Sunday. The strikes targeted Hamas offices, training camps, as well as residential and other buildings.

Abu Daqqa and residents of three other destroyed homes claimed they had received no prior warning from Israel, which differed from previous bombardments when Israeli security forces had alerted residents to evacuate before an attack.

The Israeli military, which frequently accuses Hamas of operating deliberately in civilian buildings, declined to comment on the issue.

The Israeli army reported that its fighter jets have destroyed 800 militant targets in the Gaza Strip. However, Salama Marouf, head of the Hamas government media office, dismissed this as an attempt to justify the aggression against civilians and property.

In Rafah city, an Israeli air strike killed 12 members of the Abu Qouta family, according to relatives. Seven other family members were believed to be trapped under the rubble.

The Gaza Strip, home to approximately 2 million people, has been under Hamas control since 2007. The territory’s economy has long suffered due to the blockade imposed by Israel with the assistance of Egypt.

As air strikes began on Saturday, thousands of Palestinians living near the Israeli border fled their homes.

UNRWA, the U.N. agency responsible for providing essential services to Palestinians, reported that at least 70,000 Palestinians sought shelter in 64 of its schools in the Gaza Strip. The number is expected to rise as heavy shelling and air strikes continue, even in civilian areas.

UNRWA confirmed that two boys, who were students at UN-run schools in Khan Younis and Beit Hanoun, were among those killed. Additionally, three UNRWA schools sustained damage from Israeli air strikes.

UNRWA emphasized the need to protect civilians at all times, including during conflicts, and expressed support for an immediate ceasefire and an end to violence.

Eid Al-Attar, a teacher, hurriedly took his five children and wheelchair-bound brother to an UNRWA school as Israeli air strikes targeted their houses in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahiya. He expressed the hardships endured during the five wars since 2008.

Ashraf Al-Qidra, the spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry, stated that hospitals were overwhelmed and relying on worn-out generators for electricity after Israel cut off the 120 megawatts it supplies to the Gaza Strip on Saturday.

Israeli Energy Minister Israel Katz announced that Israel would cease the power supply to the Gaza Strip, signaling a significant shift in Israel’s perspective on the attack.

Reporting by Nidal Almughrabi
Editing by Tom Perry, Ros Russell, and Bernadette Baum

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