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Israel Hamas war Gaza airstrike kills 90 Palestinians in Jabaliya refugee camp, health ministry reports

At least 90 Palestinians were killed and more than 100 wounded on Sunday in the latest Israeli attack on the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, the attacks targeted a residential block belonging to the al-Barsh and Alwan families in the city of Jabaliya, according to Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Wafa reports that the dead also included women and children and that dozens were still missing.

According to Al Jazeera, first responders and locals searched for the injured among the debris and believed there may be more bodies trapped inside. Al Jazeera reports that many injured people, including children, were taken to nearby medical centers, which are already overwhelmed with patients.

An official with the group told news agency Reuters that the son of Palestinian Islamic Jihad group spokesman Dawud Shehab was among the dead.

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“We believe the number of dead people under the debris is very large, but due to the intensity of Israeli fire there is no way to dig through the debris and rescue them,” the official said.

Another Israeli airstrike on a house in Rafah killed at least four people, while 12 Palestinians were killed in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza, according to the Al Jazeera report cited above.

19,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel on October 7.

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Meanwhile, Israel has intensified its artillery shelling targeting the cities of Khan Younis and Rafah in southern Gaza, where most displaced Palestinians are taking refuge.

According to United Nations estimates, 1.9 million people, about 80 percent of Gaza’s population, have been displaced by the war.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if people started dying of hunger or a combination of hunger, disease, weakened immunity,” said Philippe Lazzarini, head of UNRWA, the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees.

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