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Israel-Hamas war airstrikes hit Gaza refugee camps after US approves new arms sales

New Delhi: Israeli warplanes targeted two urban refugee camps in central Gaza on Saturday, amid continued international calls for a ceasefire after the Biden administration approved new emergency arms sales to the country, news agency AP reported. The United States is providing diplomatic assistance to Israel and continues to supply arms. Although the Biden administration has been urging Israel to reduce Palestinian civilian casualties, it believes ending the war now would mean a victory for Hamas.

The two urban refugee camps were Nussirat and Bureij.

Speaking to the news agency, a senior Hamas official in Beirut said the group had not changed its stance that a permanent ceasefire should be the starting point for any release of Israeli and foreign hostages, a demand Israel has rejected. Is bound to. ,

According to the health ministry in Gaza, the Palestinian death toll since the beginning of the war has reached 21,672 and 56,165 people have been injured. Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said a total of 165 people were killed in the past 24 hours, the AP reported.

“The (Israeli) occupation is doing everything to force people to leave. They want to break our spirit and will but they will fail. We have come here to live,” Nusirat resident Mustafa Abu Wawi told the AP.

According to a resident of Burridge, gunfire was heard throughout the camp overnight and was followed by heavy airstrikes on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the US State Department on Friday said Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Congress that he had approved the sale of USD 147.5 million for equipment, including fuses, charges and primers, for the 155 mm anti-aircraft guns previously purchased by Israel. is required for the sphere. The State Department cited “the urgency of Israel’s defensive needs” for approval.

This is the second time this month that the Biden administration is bypassing Congress to approve emergency arms sales to Israel.

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