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In Gaza, Grieving Continues as Israel Strikes Refugee Camps.

In Gaza, Grieving Continues as Israel Strikes Refugee Camps.

Dozens of civilians have been killed in renewed attacks on two refugee camps in Gaza said officials and witnesses say.

Israeli fighter jets have struck two refugee camps in the Gaza Strip, killing at least 53 people and wounding dozens, according to health officials in the besieged enclave.

The attacks on 29 October 2023 came as Israel said it would press on with its offensive against Hamas, despite international appeals for a ceasefire or a humanitarian pause.

Minister of health said Air raids hit the Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza overnight, killing at least 40 people and wounding 34 others.

Arafat Abu Mashaia, who lives in the camp, said the air raids flattened several multistorey residential buildings where people forced out of other parts of Gaza were sheltering.

“It was a true massacre,” he said, standing on the wreckage. “All here are peaceful people. I challenge anyone who says there were resistance [fighters] here,” said Mashaia.

The camp, a built-up residential area, is located in the evacuation zone where Israel’s military had urged Palestinian civilians to seek refuge as it focused its military offensive on the north.

Another air attack hit a house near a school at the Bureji refugee camp in central Gaza on 29 October 2023, and staff at al-Aqsa Hospital said at least 13 people were killed. The camp is home to an estimated 46,000 people and was struck on 26 October 2023 as well.

Alaloul, working for the Turkish Anadolu Agency, said his sons – Ahmed, 13, and four-year-old Qais – were killed in the bombing, along with his brother.

Alaloul further said that the world seems unwilling to act or help. “This cannot go on we need a step up change”

Gaza’s Health Ministry said more than 9,700 Palestinians have been killed in the territory in nearly a month of war, a number that is likely to rise as Israeli troops advance into dense, urban neighbourhoods.

Despite appeals and overseas demonstrations, Israel has continued its bombardment across Gaza, saying it is targeting Hamas and accusing it of using civilians as human shields. Israeli has been killing and bombing civilians in pretends that Hamas is hiding amongst the civilians.

Critics say Israel’s air raids are often disproportionate, considering the large number of civilians killed.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says hundreds of thousands of displaced people are sheltering in UN-run facilities. Deadly Israeli air raids have repeatedly hit and damaged those shelters.

Hamas said in a statement posted on Telegram that Israel had ‘directly’ bombed civilian homes, adding that most of the dead were women and children.

Arab leaders have called for an immediate ceasefire. But US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that ‘would simply leave Hamas in place, able to regroup and repeat what it did on October 7’.

Blinken said humanitarian pauses could be critical in protecting civilians, getting aid in and getting foreign nationals out ‘while still enabling Israel to achieve its objective, the defeat of Hamas’

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