Israeli strikes across Gaza kill at least 67 Palestinians overnight

21 February 2024, 10:34

Israeli soldiers drive a tank near the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel (Tsafrir Abayov/AP)
Israel Palestinians. Picture: PA

Civilians were reportedly killed including in an area were people were told to seek refuge.

Israeli strikes across Gaza killed at least 67 Palestinians overnight and into Wednesday, including in areas where civilians have been told to seek refuge.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al-Balah said it had received 44 bodies after multiple strikes in central Gaza.

Associated Press reporters saw bodies arriving in ambulances and private vehicles.

The aid group Doctors Without Borders also said that two people were killed when a shelter housing staff in the Gaza Strip was struck during an Israeli operation in an area where Palestinians had been told to seek shelter.

“While details are still emerging, ambulance crews have now reached the site, where at least two family members of our colleagues have been killed and six people wounded,” the group said in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“We are horrified by what has taken place.”

A Palestinian looks at the destruction after an Israeli strike on a residential building in Rafah, Gaza (Hatem Ali/AP)
A Palestinian looks at the destruction after an Israeli strike on a residential building in Rafah, Gaza (Hatem Ali/AP)

The attack took place in Muwasi – a sandy, mostly undeveloped strip of land along the coast that has been transformed into a sprawling tent camp with little in the way of basic services.

The war began when Hamas-led militants rampaged into southern Israel on October 7, killing some 1,200 people and taking around 250 hostage.

About a fourth of some 130 captives still being held are believed to be dead.

Israel has laid waste to much of the Palestinian territory in response.

Gaza’s Health Ministry estimates more than 29,000 Palestinians have been killed.

By Press Association

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