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Gazans have never seen so many deaths in one day

Abdullah Tabas, who lost his child in the Israeli bomb attack, held the lifeless body close to his chest. No one could take the bloodied corpse from him for burial. Helpless, he kept repeating, “She’s my daughter, I just want to see her happy as many times as possible.”

In the Gaza Strip, Palestine, this is just one snapshot of the relentless brutality and inhumanity of the Israeli forces. Throughout yesterday and the previous night, they have claimed the lives of hundreds of beloved ones of the locals. The Ministry of Health in Gaza reported that in the last 24 hours alone, the attack has resulted in 704 deaths, among them 305 children.

Since the start of the Israel-Palestine conflict on October 7, Gazans had not witnessed such a high death toll in a single day. The number of casualties in the region has surged to 5,791. Another 16,297 people have been injured. On the other side, in Israel, more than 1,400 people have lost their lives due to the Hamas attacks in the struggle for Palestinian independence.

Israel claims its strong offensive is aimed at eradicating Hamas. However, the reality seems quite the opposite. In their assault on Gaza, they are not sparing any civilian infrastructure. Residential buildings, shelters, mosques, churches, and hospitals are being transformed into ruins in a matter of moments. Israel announced yesterday that they had targeted 400 sites in Gaza in the past 24 hours alone.

With each bomb that falls on Israel, Gaza’s hospitals are filling up with the wounded, overwhelmed with critically injured people. Doctors say the injuries from the bombings look like the skin is melting off the victims. In this situation, there is a call for international investigation to reveal the types of weaponry Israel is using. Gaza’s health workers have raised this demand.

The healthcare system in Gaza has completely collapsed due to Israel’s unrelenting and targeted attacks. According to Ashraf al-Qudra, the spokesperson for the local Ministry of Health, in the last 18 days, Israel’s onslaught has led to the deaths of 65 healthcare workers in Gaza. 25 ambulances have been destroyed. Additionally, 12 hospitals and 32 health centers have been forced to close. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) states that nearly two-thirds of health facilities in Gaza are now non-operational.

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