At least 27 people were killed this Thursday in an alleged Israeli attack near a UN school in the refugee camp in Jabaliya, in the Gaza Strip, announced the Ministry of Health of the territory controlled by the Palestinian movement Hamas.
“The bodies of 27 martyrs have been recovered and there are also many injured,” said ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidreh, quoted by France Presse (AFP), who stresses that this information could not immediately be independently verified. .
In the AFPTV images, numerous bloodied bodies are visible lying on the ground in front of the school, where many displaced people from the ongoing war in the Middle East have taken refuge.
“Children under 10 were torn to pieces,” screamed a woman in the school yard while others, in tears, hugged each other to comfort each other, describes AFP.
There was no immediate comment from the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, which runs the school.
The Jabaliya refugee camp, the largest in the Gaza Strip, was already the target of deadly bombings on Tuesday and Wednesday. According to the Hamas government, 195 people died in these attacks, a number that could not be confirmed.
15 kilometers south of Jabaliya, in the Boureij refugee camp, another Israeli bombing destroyed around twenty houses, killing at least 15 people, according to the Gaza Civil Defense.
“Fifteen martyrs were removed from the rubble in just five minutes after the arrival of the Civil Defense team,” the rescue service said in a message to the press.
“The planes bombed the entire building. I myself was pulled out of the rubble,” said Hanane Abdelhadi, a camp resident, in an AFPTV video.
Another resident, Mohamad Karajah, held his two-year-old son who was injured in the face. “The house collapsed on us, more than 20 houses were reduced to rubble,” said the 27-year-old man.
According to the Hamas Ministry of Health, 9,061 people, including 3,760 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the start of the war with Israel, triggered by Hamas’ bloody attack on October 7 on Israeli soil.
The United States and Israel dispute the veracity of Hamas’ figures, which they consider inflated for propaganda purposes.
Around 1,400 people, most of them civilians, were killed in this attack, the deadliest since the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Hamas still holds more than 200 hostages in Gaza.