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Palestinian Death Toll Surpasses 500 Mark

Palestine Gaza Strip

Death toll continued to rise in Gaza City as Israeli bombs and bullets unceasingly shower the city on Monday that even a hospital was not spared despite calls of a three-hour ceasefire by the Red Cross.

Five people—one patient and four relatives—were killed in Israel’s bombardment of the Shuhada Al-Aqsa hospital in central Gaza as the conflict entered its bloodiest day since the launching of attacks two weeks ago, CNN reported.

At least 100 Palestinians died just on this single day—23 of which were members of a family, which were killed after a building they live in was hit by an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis, southern part of Gaza.

The overnight aerial and ground attacks brought the Palestinian death toll to more than 500, majority of which are civilians and more than a hundred of it were children. Around 83,000 have already flee their homes and seek refuge in camps run by the U.N.

According to Israel Defense Forces (IDF), they have already killed 120 Hamas militants since the blast off  ground offensive on Thursday night. Today claimed 13 lives of Israeli forces and a total of 18 since July 7 when the conflict erupted anew, BBC reported.

On Sunday, Israeli concentrated on bombing the heavily populated area of Shejaiya, a district it believed to be a “terror stronghold.” At least 67 people were killed in the operation.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, who visited Qatar to explore solutions in the conflict, condemned Israel’s attack and called it as an “atrocious action.” It is considered as the worst single attack in a district, creating such catastrophic scenes like children being pulled out from rubble and women running everywhere with babies in their arms.

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