Gaza in crisis: 29 Palestinians killed, 155 injured in shelling while awaiting aid; Israel denies attacks


New Delhi: Tragedy struck Gaza on Thursday, as at least 29 Palestinians lost their lives in two separate Israeli strikes while waiting for aid, according to Gaza's health ministry. Israel's military denied targeting the aid centers, calling the reports false and urging reliance on credible information.
The first incident occurred in the al-Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza Strip, where an airstrike on an aid distribution center killed eight people. Later, at the northern Gaza crossing, Israeli firing killed at least 21 people and wounded more than 150 as they waited for aid trucks.
It comes two weeks after Israeli forces reportedly shot dead more than 100 Palestinians as they waited for aid delivery near Gaza City. Israel blamed the deaths on crowds that surrounded the aid trucks and said the victims were crushed to death or crushed to death.
The ongoing conflict in Gaza has resulted in the displacement of a significant portion of the enclave's 2.3 million population, leading to chaotic scenes and fatalities during aid distribution as people in desperate need of food struggle to access supplies.
In another incident, nine people lost their lives in a missile strike by Israel in Deir al-Balah, Palestinian doctors reported. Israeli air and ground bombardment continued throughout the enclave overnight, with more than a million displaced people seeking shelter in Rafah in the south.
The conflict, which began with a Hamas-led attack on southern Israeli cities in October, has resulted in significant loss of life, particularly in Gaza. While the October 7 attack killed 1,200 Israelis and took 253 hostage, Israel's air, sea and ground assault on Gaza killed more than 31,000 and injured more than 71,500.
As the situation in Gaza continues to deteriorate United Nations has warned that some 576,000 people in the region are on the brink of famine. Despite international pressure on Israel to facilitate aid access, the country denies hindering deliveries to Gaza and points to alleged failures by aid agencies and Hamas' role in aid diversion.
As the conflict continues, the humanitarian crisis in Gaza is deepening, with urgent calls for continued international support to alleviate the suffering of the civilian population. The need for a permanent ceasefire and a comprehensive peace agreement remains paramount to prevent further loss of life and property and address the grave humanitarian situation in the region.

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