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Israeli strikes on Gaza school kill 100 Palestinians

Published : 19 Nov 2023, 01:21

  DF News Desk
A man is seen among the rubble of buildings destroyed in an Israeli military operation in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis Nov. 17, 2023. Photo: Xinhua by Rizek Abdeljawad.

A Palestinian medical source said on Saturday that at least 100 Palestinians were killed and dozens of others wounded after Israel bombed a school housing displaced people in the northern Gaza Strip, reported Xinhua.

The source, who requires anonymity, told Xinhua that the bodies of at least 100 people were transferred to the Indonesian Hospital following intense Israeli strikes on Al-Fakhoura School in Jabalia refugee camp.

The source said the death toll was likely to increase significantly as a result of the continued recovery of the bodies from inside the school and the critical condition of a large number of wounded.

Meanwhile, eyewitnesses said that hundreds of displaced people were living in the school when it was targeted by Israeli army's intense airstrikes and artillery attack.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced Saturday that it has expanded the offensive against Hamas in the Palestinian coastal enclave of Gaza Strip.

The IDF said that the attacks were carried out in the Zeitoun district in southern Gaza City and the city of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip to hit Hamas and its infrastructures.

It claimed that a Hamas brigade command and control center is located in Jabalia, with four Hamas battalions, while a major battalion operates in Zeitoun.

The IDF also revealed the identities of six Israeli soldiers who were killed in Gaza battles over the past few days, bringing to 56 its death toll since launching the ground incursion into Gaza.

Israeli troops have been carrying out attacks on Gaza over the past weeks to retaliate against the Hamas surprise attack on southern Israel on Oct. 7, during which Hamas militants killed about 1,200 people and took more than 200 hostages. The ongoing conflict has also killed more than 12,000 Palestinians, according to Gaza's government media office.