Hamas says 14 killed in Israeli fire on people waiting for humanitarian aid

Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip, March 14, 2024.
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According to the Hamas Health Ministry, around a hundred people were injured.

The Hamas health ministry announced early Friday that 14 people had died and more than a hundred were wounded “Israel Fire” A crowd waits for humanitarian aid in the northern Gaza Strip.

“Israeli occupation forces targeted a crowd of civilians waiting for humanitarian aid (at a roundabout in Gaza City, editor's note). So far 11 people have died and 100 injured have been taken to Al-Sifa Hospital.The ministry initially reported 14 dead and 150 injured before revising the toll.

Lots of leftovers

“Occupation forces open fire on people waiting for food trucks at Kuwait roundabout”, said AFP doctor Mohammed Gurab, director of emergency services at the hospital, the largest in the north of the Gaza Strip. At the site, an AFP collaborator found numerous remains and gunshot wounds. The Israeli military, contacted by AFP, did not immediately comment on the report. The UN fears widespread famine in the territory besieged by Israel, particularly in the hard-to-reach north, home to 300,000 people.

In the face of the humanitarian emergency, many countries have decided to diversify their ways of providing aid to people via airdrops or sea corridors from Cyprus with the first shipment from the NGO Open Arms expected in the next few hours. In the north of the Gaza Strip, residents scan the skies daily and wait for an airdrop, but the number of drops is low. By the end of February, more than a hundred Palestinians had lost their lives, according to Hamas, as food aid distribution became a nightmare in the northern Gaza Strip.

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The war started that day October 7 At least 1,160 people, most of them civilians, were killed in the unprecedented attack by Hamas commandos who infiltrated from Gaza in southern Israel, according to an AFP tally based on Israeli official sources. According to Israel, about 250 people were abducted that day, 130 of whom are still being held hostage in Gaza, and 32 of whom are believed to have died.

In response, Israel vowed to destroy the Islamic Movement, which has been in power in Gaza since 2007, which it considers a terrorist organization along with the United States and the European Union.

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