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Gaza: Number of Palestinian Martyrs in Israeli Attacks Reaches 33,899

Gaza: The Israeli military has intensified its attacks throughout the Gaza Strip, with particular severity in the Nuseirat refugee. Israeli occupying forces attacked a playground and a busy market in the Maghazi refugee camp killing dozens of Palestinians.

At least 56 Palestinians have been killed in the past day alone, wounded since October 7 in Israel’s ongoing onslaught on civilians in Gaza. A mass grave was also discovered at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza. The bodies recovered from the Hospital have been identified, including those of patients, hospital staff, doctors, and nurses.

It is worth noting that Israeli occupying forces had occupied Al-Shifa Hospital for two weeks, after which this large mass grave was discovered.

On the other hand, in the northern strip of Gaza, 20 more bodies have been found buried under heaps of soil and sand. It is believed that these casualties occurred when people were passing by a checkpoint and were targeted by Israeli forces

Since October 7, 2023, Israeli aggression in Gaza has resulted in the martyrdom of more than 33,899 Palestinians. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, the number of injuries due to Israeli attacks in Gaza has reached 76,664.

According to the United Nations organization UNICEF, children in Gaza bear a disproportionate burden of Israel’s brutal war since October 7, 2023, more than 12,000 children have lost their lives in Gaza. UNICEF has reported that a child is killed or injured every 10 minutes in Gaza.

In December, an Israeli attacked Gaza’s largest fertility clinic with a shell, resulting in the destruction of over 4,000 embryos, along with 1,000 sperm specimens and unfertilized eggs, as per a Reuters report.

The strike ruptured five liquid nitrogen tanks, causing the stored reproductive materials to perish due to rising temperatures inside the al-Basma IVF center in Gaza City.

Bahaeldeen Ghalayini, the clinic’s founder, expressed profound grief over the loss of these “5,000 lives, or potential lives,” emphasizing the devastating impact on affected couples, with many now deprived of the chance to conceive,

He lamented, “All these lives were killed or taken away: 5,000 lives in one shell.”, Al Jazeera reported.

The UN has recorded 349 “incidents,” including assaults from air, land, and naval forces, on facilities bearing the UN flag in the Palestinian territory. These attacks led to the deaths of 408 displaced individuals.

Among the casualties, at least 15 children and seven UN staff members were killed, reported the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA). Additionally, 1,406 people sustained injuries in these documented assaults on UN establishments in Gaza, with 111 children and 43 UNRWA personnel among the wounded, according to data released on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, UN Women has highlighted the gendered impact of Israel’s war on Gaza, emphasizing that more than 10,000 women have lost their lives in the war, leaving behind thousands of orphaned children. The report characterizes Israel’s war on Gaza as not only a military assault but also a “war on women,” exacerbating existing vulnerabilities and exacerbating humanitarian crises.

In a devastating revelation, the latest analysis of satellite imagery from the UN Satellite Centre (UNOSAT) has uncovered that approximately 90% of the buildings located along Gaza’s eastern border have either been destroyed or severely damaged. This preliminary assessment paints a grim picture of the extensive destruction inflicted upon the enclave by the Israeli occupying forces.

The UN’s humanitarian update underscores a stark increase in the number of damaged and destroyed buildings within the one-kilometer stretch of land along the Gaza Strip’s border west of the Armistice Demarcation Line. Of the 4,042 buildings captured in the satellite imagery taken on February 29, a staggering 3,033 have been completely razed, while 593 others bear severe or moderate damage. Alarmingly, only 416 structures show no visible signs of damage through satellite imagery.

This catastrophic level of destruction marks a significant escalation compared to previous assessments, with only 15% of the buildings in the same area reported as damaged as of October 15, 2023. Additionally, mapping experts Corey Scher of the City University of New York and Jamon Van Den Hoek of Oregon State University estimate that approximately 55% of the buildings in the Khan Younis area, totaling around 45,000 structures, have suffered destruction or damage.

The dire situation in Khan Younis underscores the severity of the crisis, rendering the majority of the territory uninhabitable for its 2.3 million residents. With Gaza’s southernmost town of Rafah facing similar devastation amid looming invasion threats, the humanitarian toll of the conflict continues to escalate.

It remains evident that the genocidal attacks of the Israeli forces on Gaza continue. The UN reports that 85% of Gaza’s population has been displaced internally, with critical shortages of food, water, and medicine, while 60% of the enclave’s infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed.

Israel faces accusations of genocide at the International Court of Justice, with an interim ruling in January ordering Tel Aviv to cease genocidal acts and ensure the provision of humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza, which so far has gone unheeded as relentless Israeli attacks on Gaza claim the lives of dozens and hundreds of Palestinians daily.

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