A day after Israel struck a convoy of ambulances transporting critically wounded sufferers from the al-Shifa Hospital to the Rafah border crossing, the Israeli military has intensified its bombardment of the Gaza Strip, hitting faculties, mosques and extra hospitals.
On Saturday morning an Israeli air missile struck the al-Fakhoora college run by the United Nations company for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) within the Jabalia refugee camp, killing at the very least 15 folks and injuring 54, in line with the Palestinian well being ministry.
“The quantity [of deaths] is predicted to rise,” mentioned Muhammad Abu Silmeyeh, director of Al-Shifa Hospital.
1000’s of individuals displaced on account of Israeli bombing within the Gaza Strip had taken refuge on the al-Fakhoora college.
A witness to the assault who misplaced members of the family within the bombing instructed Al Jazeera that 4 folks of their household had been killed or injured.
“We’ve nothing to do with something associated to the Hamas motion. The room solely had youngsters and girls,” the witness added.
The assault on the college is the third main assault on the Jabalia camp.
It got here hours after a lethal strike on the Osama bin Zaid college sheltering displaced households within the al-Saftawi space north of Gaza Metropolis, killing at the very least 20 folks, in line with native media.
On Saturday morning, the doorway of the al-Nasser Youngsters’s Hospital in western Gaza Metropolis was additionally attacked, and a number of other native media retailers reported civilian casualties.
The Well being Ministry’s spokesperson has mentioned an estimated 2,200 folks, together with 1,250 youngsters, are presently buried beneath the rubble of destroyed buildings in Gaza.
Mills and photo voltaic panels
Israeli forces additionally attacked energy mills and photo voltaic panels at al-Wafa Hospital in Gaza Metropolis, in line with native media.
An Anadolu company correspondent reported that the bombing resulted in a major fireplace within the hospital courtyard, which was finally managed by civil defence groups after a number of hours.
That hospital assault comes a day after the Israeli military attacked the doorway to al-Shifa Hospital and areas surrounding al-Quds Hospital and the Indonesian Hospital.
In response to journalist Hani Mahmoud in Khan Younis in Gaza’s south, Israeli air assaults have additionally hit residential houses with photo voltaic panels.
“This appears to be the final nail within the coffin,” he instructed Al Jazeera.
“What the Israel military needs folks to do is to go away. The final supply that’s retaining them in Gaza was the tiny little bit of electrical energy they received from the photo voltaic panels,” he mentioned.
In the meantime, a water tank in jap Rafah was additionally destroyed. “It appears to be one other method of telling folks, ‘We’re going to bomb the whole lot that you simply depend on on your survival,’” he added.
Gaza-based Al-Aqsa TV reported that the general public water tank was used to produce a number of neighbourhoods.
Individually, an Anadolu correspondent reported that the Israeli military bombed two mosques – the Ali bin Abi Talib and the Al-Istijabah mosques – within the al-Sabra neighbourhood, additionally in southern Gaza.
Tamer Qarmout, assistant professor in public coverage on the Doha Institute for Graduate Research, instructed Al Jazeera that that is a part of Israel’s conflict technique.
“There are discussions in Israeli media that the Israeli military will get into section two of its operations in Gaza ranging from subsequent week. This implies tactical land operations inside Gaza. So what Israel needs to do earlier than that’s to have all of the civilians go away to the south,” he mentioned.
“So what they’re [Israel’s army] doing is depriving the civilians caught in northern Gaza from any technique of residing. In order that they’ve hit water tanks, hit civil amenities, hospitals and even UNRWA faculties the place individuals are taking refuge. Quickly, folks might be left with no choice however to go south,” Qarmout added.
He famous that whereas the Israeli military had ordered civilians in Gaza to briefly transfer south for the reason that starting of its operation on the besieged Strip, many individuals have stayed due to security considerations amid the Israeli military’s steady bombardment of the whole enclave.
“Folks have tried to flee south however the highway has been bombed. How can they really feel secure if there isn’t any humanitarian hall to go south?” Qarmout mentioned.
The Israeli military has mentioned that residents of the northern Gaza Strip might be allowed to make use of Salah al-Din Road, the principle highway in Gaza, to evacuate south between 11:00 GMT and 14:00 GMT on Saturday.
However in line with Qarmout, Israel has a historical past of breaking guarantees in warfare.
“What are the ensures that Israel nonetheless received’t bombard whereas fleeing south? There aren’t any worldwide guarantors just like the UN to watch and make sure that folks won’t be attacked,” he mentioned. “Let’s say the Crimson Cross is given this mandate. Then folks might be ensured and really feel secure.”
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