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Israeli airstrikes pounded the southern Gaza Strip metropolis of Khan Younis on Saturday, killing practically a dozen individuals, Gazan officers mentioned, after days of comparable assaults within the enclave’s south, the place greater than 1,000,000 Palestinians have fled to flee Israel’s struggle.

Israeli bombing continued in different components of Gaza as properly, killing dozens, in accordance with Palestinian state media and well being authorities.

On Saturday, the Gaza Well being Ministry mentioned no less than 160 individuals had been killed within the coastal enclave over the earlier 24 hours, elevating the Palestinian loss of life toll from the three-month-old Israeli offensive to just about 25,000, the vast majority of them girls and kids.

The Israeli strikes on Khan Younis focused the areas round two main hospitals, the place tens of hundreds of Palestinian civilians had sought refuge, in addition to close to colleges, witnesses say. Faculties and hospitals have turn into overcrowded shelters however haven’t been spared from Israel’s unrelenting assault on the besieged territory.

Quite a lot of airstrikes and artillery shells hit the neighborhood of the Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis, in accordance with the Palestine Crimson Crescent, which runs the hospital.

A physician at a second hospital in Khan Younis, Nasser Medical Complicated, mentioned that Israeli troops and tanks have taken up positions close to the hospital compound, and fears are rising that the troopers will raid the hospital as they produce other medical facilities, together with Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza Metropolis. Israel has accused Hamas of utilizing hospitals for navy operations, a cost Hamas and hospital administrations deny.

The physician, Mohammad Abu Moussa, mentioned many individuals have fled Nasser hospital in current days, taking what little possessions they’ve with them, together with bedding and tents. Hospital employees, together with medical doctors and nurses, are additionally leaving, he mentioned. “Even the wounded are fleeing,” Dr. Abu Moussa mentioned.

The Israeli navy mentioned on Saturday it had killed a squad of fighters from Hamas, the armed group which controls Gaza, in close-quarters fight in Khan Younis. The navy mentioned it carried out a “focused raid” on Hamas “infrastructure” the place dozens of rocket launchers have been positioned.

Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip, dwelling to 2.3 million Palestinians, has left nowhere protected, the United Nations, support organizations and residents say. Even areas the place the Israeli navy has ordered individuals to go have come below assault. The overwhelming Israeli air and floor offensives got here after Hamas carried out cross-border assaults into southern Israel on Oct. 7 and killed some 1,200 individuals, most of them civilians, in accordance with Israeli authorities.

The Israeli bombing offensive has pushed greater than 1,000,000 Palestinians into an ever smaller nook of Gaza, trapping individuals between a closed Egyptian border and an advancing Israeli navy. They’re squeezed into an especially crowded space close to the border within the Rafah province, the United Nations says. Egypt has refused to let Gazans cross into Sinai, fearing they’ll by no means be allowed to return dwelling by Israel.

The Israeli military has additionally attacked the central metropolis of Deir al-Balah, one other place the place Gazans had fled to hunt security, forcing them towards Rafah, U.N. officers mentioned.

Mohammed Aborjela, 27, a venture coordinator with the event group Youth With out Borders, mentioned in an interview that he had been sheltering at Nasser hospital for weeks, together with hundreds of different displaced individuals. “It was thought-about one of many protected locations in Khan Yunis,” he mentioned.

“Three days in the past, at night time, there was a really violent bombardment round Nasser Hospital,” he mentioned. The sounds of fight and tank hearth pierced the air. There have been no warnings from the Israeli navy beforehand, he mentioned.

Mr. Aborjela mentioned he packed his belongings, fled the hospital and moved about half a mile away towards the shoreline. Israeli airstrikes are nonetheless hitting close by, he mentioned.

“Persons are working within the streets now, not realizing the place to go,” he mentioned. Many individuals are attempting to get to Rafah or to Al-Mawasi, a coastal space west of Khan Younis. “However they haven’t any cash to move their belongings or to arrange tents somewhere else.”

At occasions there’s a lull within the bombardment, he mentioned, nevertheless it by no means lasts. Airstrikes ultimately begin once more, and the Israeli navy continues to advance southward, deeper into Khan Younis.

“Nobody understands what’s taking place,” he mentioned.

Rawan Sheikh Ahmad contributed reporting.

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