(ReliableNews.org) – On October 7, Hamas launched a surprise attack against southern Israel, killing around 1,200 people. The response from Israel was swift, with the country bombarding the Gaza Strip with thousands of airstrikes in addition to a ground offensive in order to take out the terrorist group members. Sadly, the ongoing attack from Israel has killed over 20,000 Palestinians in Gaza and more than 300 in the West Bank. Still, the war rages on.
On December 25, PBS reported that Israel increased its attack on Gaza, striking an entire residential block in Central Gaza — the city of Deir al Balah. The area included the Maghazi refugee camp, where Palestinians were taking shelter. Health officials reported 250 Palestinians died, including at least 100 in the camp, and 500 more were injured. Al Jazeera’s Tareq Abu Azzoum put the death toll in the refugee camp at 106.
After the devastating blow to the Gaza residents, the survivors of the refugee camp reportedly started digging through the rubble with their bare hands searching for survivors.
Oh Ahmed, a displaced Gazan, said he thought the refugee camp was a safe place to be during the attacks. He said innocent Palestinians are “dying and no one is paying attention.” Ahmed said they’ve lost everything, and “don’t know where to go.” PBS reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he had no intention of stopping “until victory.” However, he didn’t define what victory meant to him.
Pope Francis spoke about the war on Christmas day. He said Israel’s assault has resulted in an “appalling harvest” of innocent lives. The Jewish State also carried out raids in the West Bank during the holiday — including in the holy town of Bethlehem. The Freedom Theatre posted on social media that Israel lit up the “sky with Flare bombs” and attacked the Jenin Refugee Camp. There were several arrests.
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