Israeli airstrike in southern Gaza results in 7 deaths

(MENAFN) In a tragic development reported on Monday, Hamas-run health authorities revealed that at least seven Palestinians were killed and 22 others wounded in an Israeli airstrike targeting Bani Suhaila town, situated east of Khan Younis city in southern Gaza. The casualties, as detailed in a press statement sent to a Chinese news agency, were promptly transferred to the European Hospital in Khan Younis for urgent medical attention.

According to Palestinian security sources cited by Xinhua, Israeli warplanes reportedly attacked a group of individuals described as mainly "volunteers with Hamas," who were engaged in safeguarding trucks carrying humanitarian aid. Despite the gravity of the incident, there has been no immediate comment from the Israeli army regarding the specifics or rationale behind the airstrike.

The health authorities further reported a grim toll from recent hostilities, noting that within the past 24 hours alone, approximately 28 Palestinians lost their lives and 66 others sustained injuries in Israeli airstrikes across various regions of Gaza. These latest casualties add to the sobering figures of a conflict that has persisted for eight months, with the cumulative death toll among Palestinians now reaching 37,626 and injuries totaling 86,098 since the outbreak of hostilities.

The escalating violence underscores the enduring humanitarian crisis in Gaza, prompting renewed calls from the international community for restraint and efforts to facilitate a peaceful resolution. As tensions continue to mount, the situation highlights the urgent need for concerted diplomatic efforts to address the root causes of the conflict and mitigate its devastating impact on civilian populations in the region.



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