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Israeli army shells Gaza Strip, dozens dead

France Media Agency A Palestinian observes the damage inflicted on his house by the Israeli army on Friday in Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip.

France Media Agency in the Gaza Strip

January 12, 2024

  • Middle East

Dozens of people were killed during the night from Thursday to Friday in the Gaza Strip, shelled by Israeli weapons in war against the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

An AFP journalist heard violent artillery fire between Rafah, at the southern tip of the Palestinian territory, and Khan Younes, the large southern city, during the night from Thursday to Friday, marked however by fewer airstrikes .

According to the Hamas Ministry of Health, “more than 59 dead and dozens of wounded were taken to hospitals following the attacks carried out” during the night “in several sectors”.

“Dozens of terrorists” were killed in Khan Younès and Maghazi, in the center, “including officers of the Nukhba unit” (“elite” in Arabic, Editor’s note), indicated the Israeli army, which also reported a drone strike in Bureij, in the center.

In Khan Younès, “an officer of the Nukhba unit who had participated in the October 7 massacre” was notably killed, according to the army.

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At Najjer hospital in Rafah, a young man who does not give his name, shows AFPTV bodies in plastic sheeting. “The women are widows, the children orphans. Does anyone care about us ? Why is everyone staying silent ?,” he asks.

Since the start of the war, 23,469 people have been killed and nearly 60,000 others injured in the Gaza Strip, according to the latest report published Thursday by the Hamas Ministry of Health, which has governed the territory since 2007.

With an average of 250 deaths per day according to his calculations, the average lethality rate of this war is “significantly higher” than that of “any other recent conflict”, “in Syria (96 .5 deaths per day), Sudan (51.6), Iraq (50.8), Ukraine (43.9), Afghanistan (23.8) and Yemen (15.8),” denounced OXFAM.

In a press release, the NGO notes that the already catastrophic humanitarian situation of the 2.4 million inhabitants is further aggravated by the drop in temperatures.

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A WHO team managed to deliver “9,300 liters of fuel oil as well as medical supplies to treat 1,000 trauma patients and 100 patients requiring dialysis,” he said.

The war was sparked on October 7 by attacks by Islamist Hamas commandos, who killed some 1,140 people, mostly civilians, in southern Israel.

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