‘At least 40’ Palestinians killed in Israeli attack on UNRWA school in Gaza | World news

New Delhi: Israeli Air Force fighter jets attacked a Hamas compound inside a United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) school in the Nuseirat area of ​​the central Gaza Strip overnight, the IDF confirmed on Thursday.

At least 40 people were killed in Israeli attacks early this morning, Al Jazeera reported, citing a Gaza government statement.

The Israeli armed forces said the airstrike was directed by IDF intelligence and the Israel Security Agency and killed militants who took part in the attack in southern Israel on October 7.

According to the IDF, “Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants belonging to the Nukhba Forces were active in the compound.”

According to the IDF, terrorists used the UNRWA school as a refuge. Several terrorists who were planning to carry out terror attacks against IDF soldiers and carry out terrorist activities in the immediate time frame were killed in the attack.

Prior to the attack, several steps were taken to minimise the risk of harm to uninvolved civilians during the attack, including conducting aerial surveillance and providing additional intelligence.

Hamas has condemned the “massacre” carried out by Israeli forces against civilians at the UNRWA school in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip, saying it was a premeditated crime.

Al Jazeera, citing Gaza government reports, reported that it has issued a statement with more details about the victims of the Israeli air strike on Nuseirat.

According to their statement, 14 of the 40 people killed in the attack on the UN-run school were children and 9 were women. According to Al Jazeera’s report, 23 of the 74 people injured in the attack are children and 18 are women.

Gaza’s Health Ministry says more than 36,654 people have been killed and 83,309 injured in Israeli military attacks on Gaza since October 7.
The ministry said 68 Palestinians were killed and 235 injured in the past 24 hours.

The ministry said in a statement that the number of sick and injured Palestinians leaving the Gaza Strip for treatment had reached 25,000, but according to Al Jazeera, since May 12, when Israel seized the Rafah border crossing with Egypt and closed it, “no sick or injured person has been able to leave the Gaza Strip.”
The ministry said that when the Rafah crossing opened, only 4,895 people were able to cross.

“This results in thousands of lives being ruined by unnecessary complications and deaths, and these are cases that could be treated and saved if they were allowed to go to specialized centers outside the Gaza Strip,” the statement said.