PCOM October 18, 2023

Operation Al-Aqsa Flood “Taufan” Daily Report (11)

Gaza Humanitarian Crisis Escalates: Daily Update on Ongoing Israeli Aggression

The condition in Gaza is worsening as the residents endure the 11th consecutive day of relentless attacks by Israeli occupation forces. The humanitarian crisis is severe due to Israel’s complete blockade of the region, which is preventing the delivery of essential items such as food, water, medical resources, and fuel into the Gaza Strip.

In the southern Bureij region, which the Israeli occupation forces had designated as a ‘safe’ zone for civilians to seek refuge, a massacre occurred in a school where refugees had taken shelter. In Khan Younis, another family was targeted by an airstrike, resulting in the death of 30 people as their house collapsed on top of them. These daily atrocities demonstrate a clear pattern of civilians being targeted in their homes, schools, and public streets.

According to Palestinian media reports, at least 71 Palestinians have been killed and dozens wounded in airstrikes hitting homes in Rafah and Khan Younis, both located in the southern part of Gaza. Shockingly, all of these casualties occurred in areas that were designated as “safe” zones by the Israeli army, where people had been directed to seek refuge. This disturbing pattern has emerged whereby the Israeli army instructs residents to flee to these areas only to subsequently bomb them.

As ambulances struggle to rescue survivors from the rubble and transport them to overcrowded hospitals, medical teams anticipate a rising death toll as many people remain trapped. Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, for instance, is overwhelmed, facing a shortage of medical supplies and urgently requesting a humanitarian corridor and medical assistance to cope with the overwhelming number of patients.

The daily update from the Government Media Office regarding the tally of the Israeli occupation’s ongoing aggression on Gaza for the eleventh consecutive day is as follows:

The occupation has committed 394 massacres against Palestinian families since the beginning of its aggression on Gaza on October 7th of this year, resulting in the martyrdom of 2,136 lives, with over 65% of them being women and children.

In the last 24 hours, 198 individuals have been martyred, and 575 citizens have been injured.

The total number of healthcare personnel martyred since the start of the aggression is 37, including doctors, nurses, and paramedics.

The number of child martyrs has risen to 940 boys and 1,032 girls.

33 healthcare facilities have ceased to function, and the occupation has taken 23 ambulances out of service through direct bombardment.

The occupation continues to target educational institutions. The Ministry of Education has documented damage to 153 schools, with 18 schools now out of service.

The occupation has completely demolished 4,500 residential buildings, comprising 12,000 housing units. Moreover, approximately 113,300 housing units have suffered partial damage, with 8,190 units rendered uninhabitable.

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