‘Operation Al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 146: Israeli Forces Massacre Civilians Waiting for Humanitarian Aid – Leila Warah 2/29/24

Source; Mondoweiss.net

Israeli tanks and warplanes reportedly targeted civilians waiting for aid, killing at least 77 and wounding hundreds. Meanwhile, international aid groups say airdrops of aid are so “negligible” that they “perpetuate the overall blockade strategy.”


  • 30,035+ killed* and at least 70,457 wounded in the Gaza Strip.
  • 380+ Palestinians killed in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem
  • Israel revises its estimated October 7 death toll down from 1,400 to 1,147.
  • 582 Israeli soldiers killed since October 7, and at least 3,221 injured.**

*This figure was confirmed by Gaza’s Ministry of Health on Telegram channel. Some rights groups put the death toll number closer to 35,000 when accounting for those presumed dead.

** This figure is released by the Israeli military, showing the soldiers whose names “were allowed to be published.”

Key Developments 

  • Journalist says family killed in Israeli bombardment in Gaza City.
  • Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza out of service.
  • Fire broke out at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis on Wednesday, reported Al Jazeera. 
  • Northern Gaza’s last functional hospital, Al-Awda, shuts down, reports Wafa. 
  • Woman killed, daughter wounded in Israeli strikes on southern Lebanon, according to MTV Lebanon.
  • PRCS registers concern for wellbeing of 7 detained medics.
  • Over 100,000 people vote ‘uncommitted’ in Michigan primary over Biden Gaza policy.
  • UN: Gaza water supply at only 7 percent of pre-October levels.
  • UN: An estimated 339 hectares (838 acres) of greenhouses have been destroyed.
  • Gaza Health Ministry: seven children died of malnutrition on Wednesday.
  • Rights group: UK arms transfers to Israel may violate international law.
  • Married couple killed in Israeli attacks on south Lebanon.
  • Israeli war cabinet backtracks on al-Aqsa Mosque restrictions, reports Channel 12, as cited by Al Jazeera.
  • Israeli minister says no normalization with Saudi Arabia if it means Palestinian state, reports Al Jazeera.
  • Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian youth at checkpoint in Nablus, reports Wafa.
  • Refugees International chief: Humanitarian airdrops help Israel’s “blockade strategy.”
  • Amnesty chief urges European Union to fund UNRWA “without delay.”
  • Gaza Ministry of Health: Israeli forces kill at least 77 Palestinians waiting for food aid near Gaza City.
  • Israeli conscientious objector Tal Mitnick sentenced to third prison term.

Israeli massacre of starving civilians

On Thursday, Israeli forces attacked starving Palestinians waiting for food aid near Gaza City, killing at least 77 people, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Bodies were seen on the ground after the attack, with rescuers unable to reach them due to the danger of further Israeli strikes, reported Al Jazeera.

One man said he had been waiting for the aid to arrive since Tuesday.

“At about 4:30 this morning, trucks started to come through. Once we approached the aid trucks, the Israeli tanks and warplanes started firing at us as if it were a trap,” the man recounted to Quds News Network, as cited by Al Jazeera.

“As the Israeli military opened fire on the aid seekers, Israeli tanks advanced and ran over many of the dead and injured bodies in the southwestern parts of Gaza City. It is a massacre, on top of the starvation threatening citizens in Gaza,” Al Jazeera correspondent Ismail al-Ghoul said. …

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