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Civil Defense says that Israeli raids on Gaza City resulted in the deaths of at least 38 people

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Israeli air strikes on four neighborhoods in Gaza City killed at least 38 people on Saturday, the Gaza Civil Defense Force said, adding that rescue crews continue to search for more dead and wounded under the rubble.

The bombing hit residential buildings in the north, south, east and west of the city, causing severe damage and a huge hole in the densely populated Beach refugee camp west of Gaza City. In a statement, the Israeli army said that its fighter jets “bombed two Hamas military infrastructure sites in the Gaza City area,” without going into details. The Gaza Civil Defense did not say whether there were fighters among the dead.

Video from the beach, verified by Storyful, showed entire buildings destroyed by the raid, and residents covered in dust from the wreckage as they searched for survivors.

Gaza Civil Defense said Israeli raids killed at least 38 people in Gaza on June 22. The Israeli army said it bombed Hamas infrastructure in the city. (Video: Washington Post)

Yousri al-Ghoul, 43, a beach resident, said: “People were sitting, and suddenly the missiles destroyed a group of houses and burned the entire area.”

He said in a telephone interview: “Most of the camp’s residents were affected by shrapnel flying through the courtyards and residential buildings.” “People were carrying others on their backs. There are still people under the rubble.”

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The multiple and violent strikes were somewhat unusual for Gaza City, where some major battles between Israel and Hamas have stalled. However, the Israeli army carries out regular raids in the city, including a raid on Friday that killed five municipal workers, according to local authorities.

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On Friday, at least 22 people were killed and 45 others injured after “heavy caliber shells” landed near the International Committee of the Red Cross office in the Al-Mawasi area of ​​Rafah.

The humanitarian group said the raid “damaged the structure of the International Committee of the Red Cross office which was surrounded by hundreds of displaced civilians living in tents, including many of our Palestinian colleagues.” books In a statement on Friday.

The organization said: “Dangerous shooting near humanitarian structures puts the lives of civilians and Red Cross staff at risk,” adding that “the incident caused a large influx of casualties to the nearby Red Cross field hospital.”

The Israeli military said it was “examining the incident,” but a preliminary investigation found that “there was no direct attack carried out by the Israeli army against a Red Cross facility.”

European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell called for an independent investigation into the bombing in a statement on X, previously Twitter.

“An independent investigation is needed and those responsible must be held accountable,” he wrote. “Protecting civilians is a duty under… [the] Geneva Conventions.”

On Saturday night in Tel Aviv, huge crowds of demonstrators came out to denounce the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling for early elections and demanding that Israel reach a ceasefire agreement with Hamas to release the remaining hostages held in Gaza.

At the march, prominent Israeli writer David Grossman issued a call for Israelis to fill the streets and fight for the country. “It is time to fight, men and women. It is time to fill the roads and streets,” he said, reading from a poem he had written. Israeli media reported that the crowd exploded in applause.

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“There is someone to fight for, it all depends on you. It is time to rise up and live,” he said. “Everything is hanging by a thread.”

Houthi fighters in Yemen are threatening some of the world’s most vital shipping routes despite months of US-led air strikes. As reported by the Post. The once-powerful rebels are making use of an increasingly sophisticated arsenal to attack ships in and around the Red Sea, sinking one ship and setting another on fire just this month.

About 39,000 Palestinian students are unable to take their final high school exams, which were scheduled to begin on Saturday, due to the war in Gaza. The official Palestinian news agency, Wafa mentioned. according to Humanitarian groupsThere are about 625,000 students out of school since the war began in October.

An Israeli citizen was shot dead in the city of Qalqilya, on Saturday, according to what the Israeli army announced. The Israeli army said he was working in the town in the occupied West Bank after his killing. Israeli media reported that this was the second Israeli killing in the town in recent days.

Cuba announced that it intends to join the case of South Africa, which accuses Israel of committing genocide before the International Court of Justice. according to statement Issued by the State Department on Friday. Earlier this month, Spain became the first European country to request to join the case; Other countries, including Mexico, Colombia, Nicaragua and Libya, have requested to join, according to the organization News agency.

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A senior State Department official and skeptic of the Biden administration’s “bear hug” approach to the Israeli government resigned this week. In a setback for American diplomats seeking a deeper break with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his far-right coalition, three people familiar with the matter said.

At least 37,551 people have been killed and 85,911 others injured in Gaza since the start of the war. According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza. It does not differentiate between civilians and combatants, but says that the majority of those killed were women and children. Israel estimates that about 1,200 people were killed in the Hamas attack on October 7, including more than 300 soldiers, and says. 312 soldiers They were killed since the start of its military operations in Gaza.

Bisset corresponds from London, Al-Shamaa from Beirut, and Soroka from Tel Aviv.

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