Israeli airstrikes and tank shelling kill 9 in Gaza, including 2 children

(25 Apr 2024)


Deir al-Balah, central Gaza Strip – 25 April 2024
1. Various of people mourning their relatives who are loaded onto a vehicle
2. Various of people mourning their relatives, crying over the bodies
3. Various of people praying for the victims
4. Various of people carrying bodies and loading them onto vehicles, vehicles loaded with bodies leaving the hospital

Rafah, Gaza Strip – 25 April 2024
5. Various of man mourning small child killed in Israeli airstrike, wrapped in white shroud
6. Various of people mourning victims, people gathering near bodies lying on the ground
7. Various of destroyed building
8. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Soad Al Bobo, lost her husband:
"At midnight, everyone prepared their beds to sleep. A few minutes later, that (strike) happened. I woke up to rubble falling on top of me and my children. I saw their feet and could not get them out, but God saved them, and their injuries were minor. However, their father, grandfather, uncle and cousin were martyred."
9. Various of destruction
Israeli airstrikes on the southern city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip have killed at least five people, hospital officials said Thursday.

Among the people killed in the overnight strikes were two children identified as Sham Najjar, 6, and Jamal Nabahan, 8, the officials said.

In central Gaza, four people were killed in Israeli tank shelling and were taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah.

Family members of the victims told The Associated Press they were killed as they tried to move to northern Gaza, where Israel’s military has been preventing people from returning to the north.

Israel has carried out near-daily air raids on Rafah, where more than half of Gaza’s population of 2.3 million has sought refuge from fighting elsewhere.

It has also vowed to expand its ground offensive against the Hamas militant group to the city on the border with Egypt despite calls for restraint, including from the U.S.

The Israel-Hamas war started following the Hamas-led attack on southern Israel on Oct. 7, that killed 1,200 people and took 250 as hostages.

The ongoing Israeli offensive in Gaza has killed more than 34,000 Palestinians, according to local health officials, at least two-thirds of them children and women.

It has devastated Gaza’s two largest cities and left a swath of destruction.

Around 80% of the territory’s population have fled to other parts of the besieged coastal enclave.

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