Gaza: An Israeli airstrike targeted the Greek Orthodox Saint Porphyrius Church in Gaza City, resulting in the tragic deaths of eight Palestinians and injuring numerous others, primarily women and children. The church, which was providing shelter to hundreds of Palestinians, was hit during the Thursday night attack.
The Israeli warplanes damaged the church’s facade, leading to the collapse of an adjacent building, further sheltering both Muslim and Christian Palestinian families. Civil defense rescue teams are diligently working to extract the injured and recover the deceased from the rubble.
Hamas strongly condemned the Israeli airstrike on the historic Greek Orthodox church, condemning it as a heinous act of terrorism. They accused the Israeli government of expanding its reign of terror with this targeted attack.
As of now, the Israeli military has not provided any comments or justifications for the attack on the church, only stating that they are investigating the attack.
Additionally, on Friday, Israel conducted airstrikes in Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, resulting in the death and injury of dozens of individuals. The Palestinian news agency Wafa reported at least 21 deaths and 79 injuries, mainly women and children.
Due to the ongoing conflict in Gaza, marked by Israeli bombardment and a blockade since October 7, the situation in Gaza is deteriorating into a dire humanitarian crisis, with power shortages, and cut-off of supplies of water, food, fuel, and medical provisions.
The conflict has resulted in a staggering death toll, with more than 3,478 Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza, while over 1,400 people have lost their lives in Israel due to the ongoing violence.