Ministry of Well being within the Gaza Strip says dozens of individuals killed and wounded in assault on the crowded Jabalia camp.
Israeli air assaults have hit the densely populated Jabalia refugee camp within the Gaza Strip, and preliminary studies counsel a lot of casualties.
The assault on Monday got here as Israel has launched an enormous air marketing campaign in opposition to targets in Gaza after an unprecedented attack by Hamas that began on Saturday.
The Palestinian information company WAFA mentioned the assault hit a market space, “killing and wounding dozens and inflicting heavy destruction”. The Reuters information company additionally quoted the Gaza-based Ministry of Well being as saying the assault has killed and wounded dozens of individuals.
Footage captured by Al Jazeera confirmed frantic scenes as rescue employees started to tug individuals from underneath the rubble.
A faculty run by the United Nations Reduction and Works Company for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) was additionally hit within the assault on the camp, in line with Al Jazeera’s Youmna ElSayed.
Reporting from Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza Metropolis, ElSayed mentioned “dozens” of casualties had been introduced there, together with kids.
She added that one other Israeli assault hit the Shati refugee camp, often known as Seashore Camp.
General, greater than 500 Palestinians have been killed and about 2,700 wounded in Israeli assaults on Gaza as of Monday afternoon.
In Israel, the toll has surpassed 800 with greater than 2,200 wounded within the assaults that started on Saturday with Hamas sending fighters into Israel and firing 1000’s of rockets.
Fighters broke via Israeli obstacles with explosives and carried out assaults that killed civilians in cities and on highways whereas others had been taken captive and moved to Gaza. Greater than 250 individuals attending a music pageant had been amongst these killed, in line with the Zaka volunteer group, which helped acquire the our bodies.
Additionally on Monday, Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant mentioned Israel would impose a “total blockade” on Gaza, together with a ban on admitting meals and gasoline and chopping off its electrical energy.
Israeli Power Minister Israel Katz additionally issued an order “to right away minimize the water provide” to Gaza, his spokesperson mentioned.
Gaza has been underneath a crippling air, land and sea blockade since 2007 with devastating penalties for its greater than two million residents, who face water and electricity shortages, in addition to an absence of medicines.
“No one can anticipate what’s going to occur within the coming days,” Al Jazeera’s Jamileh Abu Zanoon mentioned, reporting from Gaza Metropolis.
“Energy stations are working out of electrical energy. … There will likely be no electrical energy, meals or water.”
Palestinians in Gaza braced for what many feared will likely be an Israeli floor assault aiming to defeat Hamas and liberate at the very least 100 Israeli hostages.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned civilians to get away from all Hamas websites, which he has promised to show “to rubble”.
The military mentioned it had known as up about 300,000 reservists and mentioned in an announcement it might intention to finish Hamas’s rule of Gaza.
“We now have by no means drafted so many reservists on such a scale,” Israel’s chief army spokesperson, Daniel Hagari, advised reporters. “We’re happening the offensive.”