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Maghazi massacre aimed to cover up Israel’s defeats in Gaza: Hamas

Palestinians are seen near the bodies of people killed in an Israeli air attack against the al-Maghazi refugee camp in the center of the Gaza Strip, early on December 25, 2023. (Photo via social media)

The Palestinian Hamas resistance movement has condemned Israel’s deadly air raid on central Gaza’s al-Maghazi refugee camp, saying it shows that the Tel Aviv regime is desperately trying to cover up its military defeats in battles against resistance fighters.

“The criminal Zionist enemy perpetrated a vicious crime in the Maghazi refugee camp in the center of the Gaza Strip tonight, and bombed houses of Palestinians in the area. At least 70 people have been martyred as a result so far,” the group said in a statement released early on Monday.

“The crime comes within the continued genocide and mass killing of Palestinian children and civilians in Gaza.”

Hamas added that the cowardly bombing against civilians is a failed attempt by the Israeli regime to raise the morale of its armed forces, while it receives generous support from the Biden administration, which is chiefly complicit in the Zionist enemy’s atrocities against Palestinians.

The Palestinian Health Ministry’s spokesman in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qudra, late on Sunday said the toll is likely to rise.

“What is happening at the al-Maghazi camp is a massacre that is being committed on a crowded residential square,” he said.

Dozens more are reported to be injured and several houses have been destroyed in the attack as families dig through the rubble in an attempt to find survivors.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society has released a video showing its teams transporting Palestinians injured by the Israeli strike on the Maghazi refugee camp.

Israel waged the war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas carried out Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in response to the Israeli regime’s decades-long campaign of death and destruction against Palestinians.

The Israeli aggression has so far killed at least 20, 258 Palestinians, including 6,200 women and 8,200 children, and wounded 53,688 others.

The Tel Aviv regime has imposed a “complete siege” on the territory, cutting off fuel, electricity, food and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there.

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