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Israeli forces bomb aid truck, killing scores in Gaza

Palestinians look at the heavily damaged humanitarian aid vehicle which has been the target of Israeli airstrikes resulting in scores of deaths and injuries in Deir Al-Balah of Gaza on March 03, 2024. (Photo by Anadolu Agency)

Israeli regime forces have bombed another aid truck in central Gaza, killing and injuring scores of Palestinians in Deir Al-Balah in the besieged strip.

Thousands of starving people were collecting food from the aid truck on Sunday when the Israeli forces attacked the Palestinians.

This is the second attack by the Israeli regime forces in the last five days on displaced Palestinians awaiting food aid in the besieged Gaza Strip.

“Many people were killed and others wounded in an Israeli bombing that targeted an aid truck in the city of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip,” medics, who wished to remain anonymous, told media.

So far, the number of casualties from the latest Israeli attack is not clear. The earlier attack by the Israeli forces in the south of Gaza City on Thursday left at least 112 Palestinians dead and several hundred more injured.

Riyad Mansour, the Palestinian ambassador to the UN, said, “This outrageous massacre is a testimony to the fact that as long as the security council is paralyzed and vetoes [are cast] then it is costing the Palestinian people their lives.” Washington has three times blocked Security Council resolutions for a ceasefire in Gaza.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated the mission to "destroy Hamas" in Gaza. The pressure increased dramatically in the wake of Thursday's deadly encounter just outside Gaza City.

Video footage captured from the moment gunfire erupted shows thousands of starving Palestinians gathered in the hope of receiving food as a rare humanitarian convoy pulled into the area.

Tracer ammunition rounds can be seen streaking across the sky in the video from the direction of an Israeli military position.

Medics said dozens were killed and hundreds injured, and doctors at Gaza City's barely functioning hospitals told media the majority of the deaths were from gunshot wounds.

Israeli forces began their genocidal war on the Gaza Strip on Oct. 7, 2023, following an operation by Palestinian Hamas fighters. Since then, at least 30,410 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been killed and 71,700 others injured in the Israeli forces' brutal bombing of the blockaded Palestinians.

Israel's crippling blockade on Gaza has left its population, particularly residents in the north, on the verge of starvation.

Most of the Gaza’Strip's population are lacking  food, clean water, and medicine, while 60 percent of the enclave’s infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed, according to the UN.

The Israeli regime stands accused of genocide at the International Court of Justice.

An interim ruling in January ordered Tel Aviv to stop genocidal acts and take measures to guarantee that humanitarian assistance is provided to civilians in Gaza.


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