7 children killed in Israeli airstrikes in Gaza refuge camp
Published: 11:26 AM, 15 May 2021 Updated: 01:44 PM, 15 May 2021
A Palestinian man inspects the rubble of a partially destroyed residential building after it was hit by Israeli raids; Photo: AP/Khalil Hamra
At least seven children and two women were killed on Saturday in a series of Israeli airstrikes that hit the Shati refugee camp in Gaza. At least 15 others were injured, including an infant, reports Al Jazeera.
According to the Qatar-based media outlet, citing Gaza’s health authorities, as of Saturday, a total of 137 Palestinians, including 36 children and 20 women, have been killed and 920 people have been wounded in the attacks since Monday.
“The death toll is expected to rise further,” they told Al Jazeera, mentioning the fresh Israeli air assaults in the Gaza refugee camp, that killed at least nine people, including children and women.
Al Jazeera also reported that another air raid was hit a house in Khan Yunis.
Thousands of Palestinian families have taken shelter in United Nations-run schools in northern Gaza to escape Israeli artillery fire. The UN has said it estimates “approximately 10,000 Palestinians” have left their homes in Gaza amid the Israeli offensive.
Gaza’s health authorities 13 Palestinians were killed in a fresh 40-minute Israeli strike early Thursday. Among them is a mother with three children. Their bodies were recovered from the rubble.
Eight Israelis have been killed so far in rocket attacks by the Palestinian armed forces Hamas. Among them are two children, an Indian, an elderly woman and an army member.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says more than 200 buildings have been destroyed in Gaza. Hundreds of people have taken refuge in schools in the northern coastal enclave.