Gaza Under Siege: Israeli Bombardment Kills 17 in Refugee Camps During Eid ul Adha

During the Eid ul Adha holidays, Gaza witnessed another tragic night as Israeli airstrikes killed at least 17 Palestinians in the Nuseirat and Bureij refugee camps. Despite the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announcing a pause in their offensive operations, bombardment continued unabated.

The Nuseirat refugee camp was heavily hit, with multiple airstrikes resulting in significant casualties and injuries. According to reports from Al Jazeera, one person was killed and several others were wounded in Block 3 of the Bureij camp when a house was targeted by Israeli warplanes. Similarly, in Nuseirat, another person lost their life, and many were injured due to the bombardment.

Since the outbreak of conflict in October 2023, the situation in Gaza has been dire. Israeli military’s criminal actions have led to the deaths of 37,347 Palestinians and injured 85,372 others. The devastation extends to journalists and aid workers as well, with the Gaza media office reporting that 151 journalists have been killed since the conflict began. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) also confirmed that 193 of their colleagues had been killed, marking the highest death toll in the history of the UN.

Local sources reported that ambulance crews recovered the bodies of eight people from a home belonging to the al-Rai family, targeted by Israeli airstrikes. In Nuseirat, five others were found dead in commercial shops belonging to the al-Madhoun family, also victims of Israeli bombing. The Harb family in the Bureij camp faced similar devastation, with several civilians killed and many more injured due to the airstrikes.

The Israeli military’s announcement of a daily 11-hour “tactical pause” to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid has done little to alleviate the suffering. Residents and medical workers reported continued attacks, undermining the supposed humanitarian intentions behind the pause.

In Rafah, the Israeli army continued its incursion, burning down the departure hall on the Palestinian side of the Rafah crossing, effectively rendering it unusable. This act was condemned by Hamas as a "criminal act and barbaric behavior within the framework of a continuing genocide against the Palestinian people in Gaza."

The situation in Gaza remains critical. Israeli forces have intensified their operations in several areas, including the Philadelphi Corridor, the Shabura, and Tel Al Sultan areas. The military claims significant progress in dismantling Hamas infrastructure, with hundreds of militants killed and numerous tunnels discovered and destroyed.

The humanitarian impact of these military operations is catastrophic. The destruction of homes, commercial shops, and essential infrastructure, coupled with the ongoing loss of life, underscores the severe humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The international community has condemned these actions, labeling them as war crimes and acts of terrorism by Israel. Despite international outcry and ongoing legal challenges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC), Israel continues its aggressive military campaign with the backing of its ally, the United States.

As the conflict rages on, the people of Gaza are left to endure unimaginable suffering. The continued airstrikes, ground incursions, and destruction of vital infrastructure highlight the dire need for a comprehensive and immediate ceasefire. The international community must step up its efforts to hold Israel accountable for its actions and ensure the protection of the Palestinian people. This ongoing genocide and ethnic cleansing in Gaza must be stopped to restore peace and dignity to the lives of those affected.

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