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North Gaza flattened, many fear South next

Updated on: 29 December,2023 07:27 AM IST  |  Deir Al-Balah
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Bombardment levels buildings in Bureij and Nuseirat refugee camps

North Gaza flattened, many fear South next

Displaced Palestinians settle along the roadside after arriving in Rafah. Pic/AP

Israeli forces bombarded cities, towns and refugee camps across Gaza overnight and into Thursday, killing dozens of people in an air and ground offensive against Hamas that has widened to most of the territory and forced thousands more to flee from homes and shelters.

The war has already killed over 20,000 Palestinians and driven around 85 per cent of the population of 2.3 million from their homes. Much of northern Gaza has been leveled, largely depopulated and isolated from the rest of the territory for weeks. Many fear a similar fate awaits the south.

An Israeli airstrike on a home in the northern town of Beit Lahiyeh—one of the first targets of the ground invasion that began in October—buried at least 21 people, including women and children, according to a family member. In central Gaza, Israeli warplanes and artillery pounded the built-up Bureij and Nuseirat refugee camps, leveling buildings, residents said.

A hospital in the nearby town of Deir al-Balah received the bodies of 25 people killed overnight, including five children and seven women, hospital records showed on Thursday. Non-stop explosions could be heard.

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Workers clear the debris left by the protesters. Pic/APWorkers clear the debris left by the protesters. Pic/AP

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