NIn total, the institution said, 28,064 Palestinians were killed and 67,611 were injured after the Israeli army killed 117 people in the last 24 hours.
The Ministry of Health added that, in the last few hours, the Israeli army “perpetrated 16 massacres against families in the Gaza Strip”, which also injured 152 other people.
According to the Palestinian news agency Wafa, 25 Palestinians were killed in Israeli bombings in Rafah, at the southern end of the strip of land, until recently considered the only refuge for civilians, but now declared by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a target. military.
Around 1.3 million Palestinian civilians are in Rafah, with huge shortages of basic necessities due to the blockade imposed by Israel.
The Israeli prime minister’s office said Friday that it was “impossible to achieve the war objective of eliminating Hamas and leaving four battalions in Rafah”, calling on the army to evacuate the area.
While waiting for the ground incursion to extend to Rafah, Israel is intensifying its military operations in Khan Younis, a Hamas stronghold in the south of the Gaza Strip, where it has been conducting an offensive for more than two months, now focused on western part of the city.
There, Israeli forces have kept the two main hospitals, Naser and Al Amal, under siege for 20 days, with Israeli soldiers having invaded their interior on Friday.
“The occupation forces arrested eight members of staff from the Al Amal Hospital association, including four doctors, in addition to four injured people and five companions of patients, revealed the Palestinian Red Crescent, which manages the medical center.
According to that organization, Israeli soldiers invaded the hospital for around ten hours, during which time they “searched the hospital, destroyed some devices, equipment and furniture, detained staff, interrogated them, beat and insulted them, and prevented staff and patient companions from drinking water or using the bathroom”.
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