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More than 100 dead in Gaza overnight

Published on 2024-02-17 10.02

Palestinians look at the devastation caused by an Israeli attack on a residential building in Rafah on February 16.

More than 100 people are said to have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza on Saturday night.

Israel also says that many of them were arrested in connection with the army's storming of a hospital in Khan Yunis.

Israeli attacks on several cities in the Gaza Strip, including the densely populated border city of Rafah, have killed more than 100 people in the past 24 hours, according to Hamas-run health authorities.

In Khan Yunis, south of the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army arrested about 100 people in connection with the storming of Nasser Hospital.

The detainees are accused of “suspicion of terrorism,” according to a statement issued by the Israeli army.

Raiding hospitals is condemned

Israeli soldiers seized the hospital, the largest in southern Gaza, on Thursday. According to the Israeli military, the Israeli hostages must have been in the hospital at some point. She also claimed to have evidence that Hamas militiamen were hiding in the compound.

The Israeli army claims to have found, among other things, grenades, automatic weapons and explosives in the hospital.

According to Al Jazeera, the Israeli army stopped two World Health Organization trucks loaded with medicines, medical equipment and fuel outside the hospital for approximately ten hours. The media company reported that the siege threatens the lives of hundreds, including newborns in incubators and patients in intensive care.

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A number of relief organizations, including Doctors Without Borders, condemned the attack on the hospital. Many patients are said to have died during the storm since their oxygen supply was cut off.

Thousands of fleeing Palestinians had taken refuge in the hospital in the weeks before the storm, but many of them were able to evacuate before the Israelis launched their raid.

You want a truce?

The political leader of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, once again called for a ceasefire.

Ismail Haniyeh, who is in Qatar, said, “The resistance movement will not agree to anything less than a ceasefire, the withdrawal of the occupation army from the Gaza Strip, the lifting of the unjust siege, and the protection of the displaced.”