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At least 60 lives lost in Gaza refugee camp by an Israeli airstrike

The toll, initially reported at 45 deaths by the health ministry, has tragically risen to at least 60 lives lost.

Palestinian territory of Gaza witnessed a devastating Israeli airstrike that targeted three houses in the Al-Maghazi refugee camp on a fateful Sunday night. The toll, initially reported at 45 deaths by the health ministry, has tragically risen to at least 60 lives lost. This incident adds to the escalating human cost in a conflict that has persisted for 79 days, with over 20,000 lives already claimed.

Al-Maghazi Traged

The strike on Al-Maghazi camp, situated in the heart of Gaza, has left a residential block in ruins. The Gaza health ministry spokesman, Ashraf al-Qudra, expressed deep concern, stating that the toll is likely to rise further due to the significant number of families residing in the targeted area. The Israeli army, when contacted by AFP, responded that it is “checking” the report, highlighting the urgent need for a thorough investigation into the incident.

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Separate Tragedy

Adding to the anguish, the health ministry reported another grim incident in the northern Gaza Strip. A house in the Jabalia camp was struck, claiming the lives of 10 members of a single family. The details surrounding this separate event highlight  the widespread impact of the ongoing conflict on civilian populations.

Mounting Casualties and Injuries

As of day 79 of the conflict, the Palestinian territory has witnessed a staggering loss of life, with a total of 20,424 people killed since the war’s onset. The toll, which includes 166 deaths in the past 24 hours alone, paints a harrowing picture of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza. Additionally, authorities report that 54,036 people have been wounded since October 7, highlighting the extensive toll on both life and well-being.

Netanyahu’s Acknowledgment

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged the toll the conflict is taking on his country, noting that the war is exacting a “very heavy price.” With 154 soldiers killed in the fighting against Hamas, Netanyahu emphasized that this would be a protracted conflict. As Israeli forces claim operational control in north Gaza after weeks of intense bombing, the focus now shifts to southern Gaza, where residents have been urged to evacuate.

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As the conflict in Gaza enters its 79th day, the recent airstrikes on residential areas highlight the dire consequences for civilians caught in the crossfire. The international community watches with growing concern as the toll on human life continues to rise. Urgent calls for a ceasefire and diplomatic solutions resonate, emphasizing the need to address the root causes of the conflict and find a path towards lasting peace in the region.