Dozens of Palestinians killed in Israeli air raid on Gaza garrison | Israel-Palestine conflict news

Palestinian officials say Israeli airstrikes on Gaza have killed dozens of people and Israeli tanks advancing into Gaza City have forced residents to flee under fire.

Palestinian medical sources said an airstrike on Tuesday on a tent belonging to displaced families outside a school in the town of Abasan, east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza, killed at least 29 people, mostly women and children.

The Israeli army said it was investigating the report.

Gaza government media chief Ismail al-Sawabta said dozens of people were killed in other Israeli attacks in central Gaza. He said at least 60 Palestinians were killed in Israeli attacks on Tuesday.

Residents of the enclave said Israeli tanks had advanced on roads and buildings in the Tal al-Hawa, Shujaya and Sabra neighborhoods of Gaza City, forcing people to flee their homes.

This was followed by an Israeli army order posted on social media to evacuate several neighborhoods in eastern and western Gaza City, including these areas.

“We hold the occupying forces and the US government responsible for the horrific massacres against civilians,” Al-Sawabuta said in a statement.

In Gaza City, militias from Hamas and its ally Islamic Jihad said their fighters were battling Israeli forces with machine guns, mortars and anti-tank missiles, killing and wounding Israeli soldiers.

The Israeli military did not comment on the casualties but said its soldiers were engaged in close combat with Hamas fighters.

The heavy fighting came as CIA Director William Burns and Israeli Mossad chief David Bernier prepared to leave for Qatar on Wednesday. Burns was in Cairo to meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and try to push for a ceasefire in Gaza.

But the new Israeli attacks threaten the talks at a critical time and could send negotiations “back to square one,” Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh was quoted as saying on Monday.

Videos posted on social media on Tuesday showed families loading mattresses and other belongings onto donkey carts and truck beds and making their way through Gaza City streets to flee areas under Israeli evacuation orders.

“Gaza city is being destroyed. This is what is happening. Israel is forcing us to leave our house which is under attack,” Um Tamar, a mother of seven, told Reuters by chat app. She said it was the seventh time her family had fled their home in Gaza City, in the north of the exclave and one of Israel’s first targets when the war began in October.

“We can’t take it anymore. Enough with the death and humiliation. End the war now,” she said.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said it was “appalled” that civilians, many of whom have been displaced multiple times, were being ordered to go to areas “where military operations are ongoing and civilians continue to be killed and injured.”

The Palestinian Red Crescent said all clinics in Gaza City were closed after Israeli evacuation orders led thousands of people to flee westwards towards the Mediterranean and the south.

“The closure of these vital health facilities will further exacerbate an already dire health system,” Jagan Chapagain, head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, said on social media platform X.

“These clinics and medical hubs are often the only lifeline for many civilians.”

At least 38,243 people have been killed and 88,243 wounded in Israel’s war on Gaza since October. The death toll inside Israel from a Hamas-led attack on October 7 is estimated at 1,139, and dozens remain held prisoner in Gaza.

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