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Dozens killed in Gaza as Israel targets tents and aid-seekers

DOZENS of people were killed in Gaza toay, including some sheltering in tents and waiting for aid, as Israeli forces push deeper into Rafah’s western neighbourhoods..

Rafah and the central regions of Deir al-Balah and Nuseirat are the current focus of attacks as Israel claims to target Hamas.

In Rafah, at least three people were killed and dozens of others wounded in air and land strikes at historic refugee camps.

A house in the al-Nurseirat camp was targeted by planes, killing two women, while tanks shelled areas in the al-Maghazi and al-Bureij camps.

Shelling was also reported in most areas of Rafah, Gaza’s southernmost city which was previously declared a safe zone, as well as heavy machine-gun fire.

The bombing of a road south of Gaza City killed one person.

About 37,400 people have been killed in Gaza since Israel launched its assault after the October 7 events.

Millions of families who have fled to the south in recent months are once again being displaced, with some residents saying the pace of raids has accelerated in the past two days.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has repeated calls for an immediate and permanent ceasefire, warning that healing psychological wounds without it “will be impossible.”

MSF psychologist Davide Musardo, who recently left Gaza, said: “In some sessions we even had to shout to be heard, to overcome the sound of drones and bombs.

“And when there was no fighting outside, the background sound was the cries of children in the hospital.

“Children maimed, with burns or without parents. Children having panic attacks, because physical pain triggers psychological wounds when pain reminds you of the bomb that changed your life forever.

“Calmer children draw drones and military jets.

“War is everywhere in the hospital; the smell of blood is unbearable.”

Israeli authorities today freed 33 Palestinians who were detained by forces in different areas of Gaza in the past months.

The detainees were admitted to the al-Aqsa Hospital following reports of torture and mistreatment.

Reports show that Israeli forces have arrested another 20 people in raids across the West Bank, including a 77-year-old legislator released from custody just days ago.

The Palestinian Prisoners Society said that Israeli forces have arrested more than 9,300 citizens from the West Bank since October 7, as well as thousands from Gaza and hundreds from Israel.

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