Scores of people killed and injured in Israeli airstrike on Gaza marketplace
Scores of people were killed and injured after Israeli forces targeted a marketplace in a refugee camp in central Gaza in airstrikes on Saturday, the blockaded enclave’s interior ministry said.
Fatalities and injuries reported in Israeli airstrike
“There are fatalities and a significant number of injuries in the Israeli army’s targeting of the Nusseirat Market in the central Gaza Strip,” the ministry said on Telegram, without reporting the exact number of casualties.
Israeli strike causes fire in Akel store
Related reports from various local media outlets, including the Al-Aqsa radio station, noted that the Israeli strike targeted a store called Akel, causing it and nearby shops to catch fire in the marketplace, which is located in the Nusseirat Refugee Camp.
Ambulances face challenges reaching the market
The situation was compounded as ambulances faced challenges reaching the market in the wake of the Israeli airstrike.
Background of the conflict
The conflict in Gaza, under Israeli bombardment and blockade since Oct. 7, began when Palestinian group Hamas initiated Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, a multi-pronged surprise attack that included a barrage of rocket launches and infiltrations into Israel by land, sea, and air. Hamas said the incursion was in retaliation for the storming of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and growing violence by Israeli settlers.
The Israeli military then launched Operation Swords of Iron against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.
Officials have said that more than 1,400 people in Israel have been killed in the conflict. Earlier on Saturday, a humanitarian convoy of 20 trucks began to enter the Gaza Strip from the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing, the first since the armed conflict broke out between Israel and Hamas on Oct. 7.