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Terrorist Israel hits displaced Gazans gathered for soccer match

Terrorist Israel hits displaced Gazans gathered for soccer match
July 10, 2024 Web Desk

GAZA, Palestine (Reuters) - An Israeli missile slammed into a tent encampment in southern Gaza on Tuesday just as displaced people had gathered there to watch a football match at a school, eyewitnesses said on Wednesday.

At least 29 people, mostly women and children, were killed in the strike, according to Palestinian officials, which took place as spectators crowded the school grounds in Abassan east of Khan Younis and hawkers sold smoothies and biscuits. "They were watching a football match. There were injuries and martyrs. I witnessed this...people thrown around and body parts scattered, blood," a young woman, Ghazzal Nasser, told Reuters in Abassan.

"Everything was normal. People were playing, others were buying and selling (food and drinks). There was no sound of planes or anything," she said. The Israeli military said it was reviewing reports that civilians were harmed. It said the incident occurred when it struck with a "precise munition" a Hamas fighter who took part in the Oct. 7 raid on Israel that triggered the war.

At the nearby Nasser Hospital, dozens of Palestinians bid farewell to loved ones before funerals and burials. "The schools were overcrowded with people and the street was full too, suddenly a missile hit and destroyed the whole place," said Asmaa Qudeih, who lost some relatives in the attack. "Bodies flew in the wind, body parts flew, I don't know how to describe it," she said.

EVACUATION

Leaflets were dropped on Gaza City on Wednesday, this time with a map marking ‘safe routes’ for the evacuation of the whole city, not just certain districts. The Israeli leaflets urge civilians to head south to the central Gaza Strip.

The city, home to more than a quarter of Gaza's population before the war, was destroyed by an Israeli assault in the first weeks of fighting last year, but hundreds of thousands of Gazans are believed to have returned to the ruins in recent months. Israeli forces patrolled the main road to the coast, snipers commandeered rooftops of some high-rise buildings still standing, and tanks were stationed inside the headquarters of the UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA, residents said.

The Israeli military announced that one of its soldiers was killed in fighting on Tuesday in central Gaza. It has published the names of 681 military personnel killed in the Oct. 7 attacks and subsequent fighting.

Israel's Defence Minister, Yoav Gallant, said on Wednesday that 60% of the fighters of Hamas had been killed or wounded as a result of the military offensive in Gaza. In the central Gaza camp of Al-Nuseirat, medics said six Palestinians, including children, were martyred in an airstrike on a house, while another airstrike killed two people and wounded several others in Khan Younis.

More than 38,000 Palestinians have been martyred in Gaza since the start of the war, health officials in the Hamas-run territory said. The war erupted when militants led by Hamas infiltrated southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 people and taking around 250 hostages back to Gaza, according to Israeli figures.