‘Most of Gaza is awake’: Israel continues airstrikes, Palestine marks devastating Eid with 84 killings so far

‘84 people, including 17 children killed, more than 480 injured’

On Thursday, as airstrikes by Israel continue in Palestine, the residents of Gaza Strip woke up to mark Eid al-Fitr amid relentless aerial bombardment killing at least 84 people.

Since the bombing began late on Monday, Gaza’s health ministry says at least 84 people, including 17 children, have been killed. More than 480 others have been wounded.

Heavy bombardment on the Gaza Strip continued early on Thursday as Israeli forces launched a series of air raids on various locations, Aljazeera reported.

“Most of Gaza is awake,” the report quoted its Al Jazeera’s Safwat al-Kahlout said, noting that bombardments continue into the night and early on Thursday. “From time to time you hear loud explosions, and the buildings are shaken.”

Quoting Hamas, the report said that its Gaza City commander, Bassem Issa, was killed in an Israeli air attack along with other senior members of the group. The national security office of Hamas was also reportedly hit again by Israeli strikes early on Thursday.

The report quoting local sources said that Israeli fighter jets bombed sites belonging to Palestinian armed groups, in addition to security and police buildings.

In Gaza City’s Tel al-Hawa neighbourhood, a pregnant woman, Reema Telbani and her child were killed in an Israeli attack on their home, Aljazeera reported.  An elderly couple in Gaza’s Sheikh Zayed neighbourhood was also buried under the rubble of their residence, after an Israeli strike.

Gaza’s Ministry of Health had earlier said that the overall death toll since the start of the latest offensive stood at 69, including 17 children and eight women as of early Thursday. More than 390 others have been wounded. However, the death toll has risen to 84 now.

Hamas, the group that rules the Gaza Strip, also launched a barrage of rockets into Israel after Israeli missiles destroyed a third tower in the besieged coastal territory.

At least seven Israelis, including one child, have also been killed, the report said. Quoting Israeli army, the report said about 1,500 rockets have been fired from Gaza towards various locations in Israel and they have added reinforcements near the enclave’s eastern lands.


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