‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 17: Deadliest Round of Israeli Bombardment Kills 400 People in a Single Night – Leila Warah 10/23/23

Source: Mondoweiss.net

In the deadliest night of bombardment since the beginning of the war, Israel kills 400 people in 24 hours as hospitals reach breaking point amid shortages of fuel and medicine. Popular calls for ceasefire continue to be ignored internationally.


Gaza: 4,651 killed; 14,245 wounded
Occupied West Bank: 95 killed; 1,650 wounded
Israel: 1,405 killed; 5,431 wounded

Key Developments 

  • Four hundred Palestinians killed in the last 24 hours, according to Palestinian health officials.
  • At least 120 newborn babies sustained by incubators at risk of death under relentless Israeli bombardment of Gaza, as hospitals run low on fuel, says UN.
  • The Israeli military threatens to bomb Al-Quds Hospital, says the Palestinian Red Crescent, urging intervention by the international community.
  • At least 18 Palestinian journalists killed in Gaza since October 7.
  • At least 30 bodies recovered by emergency workers in Jabalia refugee camp, most of them women and children, following Israel’s most recent attacks on the camp. Gaza’s civil defense says several people still trapped under the rubble.
  • Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian discuss stopping Israel’s “brutal crimes” in besieged Gaza in a phone call overnight on Sunday.
  • At least 406,000 internally displaced people are sheltering in 91 UNRWA installations across Gaza — an increase of 22,000 people over the past 24 hours, says the organization. Since October 7, at least 12 internally displaced people seeking shelter at UNRWA schools have been killed and almost 180 injured, they included.
  • At least 29 UNRWA staff have been killed since October 7, half of whom were teachers.

In the last 24 hours, Israel’s army hit the Gaza Strip with the deadliest round of relentless bombardment since it began 17 days ago, killing at least 400 Palestinians. Wafa reported at least 25 Israeli air attacks on residential areas, many of them hitting civilian homes with no warnings.

According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, 70 of those killed happened overnight on Sunday as Israel carpet bombed the densely populated Jabalia refugee camp near two hospitals in Gaza City, Al-Shifa and Al-Quds.

Israeli airstrikes were recorded near Al-Quds Hospital by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, causing fear and panic among internally displaced civilians and medical staff. Al Jazeera also reports that Israeli airstrikes were fired for hours in the vicinity of the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza’s northern city of Beit Lahia, causing what the hospital’s director described as “serious damage and injuries.”

Five residential towers were leveled in Rafah, killing at least 50 people, a number likely to rise as many have yet to be rescued from under the rubble, reported Al Jazeera on Monday morning. …

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