Video claims to show Israeli tank attack in Gaza strip
Dozens of people have been killed after a new wave of Israeli airstrikes collapsed apartment blocks in a refugee camp in Gaza, a hospital director has claimed.
The chief of the Indonesian Hospital reported several people died after the Jabaliya refugee camp, in the north of the strip, was struck on Tuesday.
The Hamas-run interior ministry of the enclave claimed apartment blocks inside the camp were struck in the latest wave of Israeli Defense Forces-led shelling, according to The Associated Press.
Ministry spokesman Ayed al Bazm reported six bombs struck the area. They claimed at least 50 people were killed in the blast and 150 were wounded.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said it is currently investigating the incident.
This website could not independently verify the number of victims at the time of publication as rescue operations are underway.
Footage of the scene from Al-Jazeera TV showed at least four large craters where buildings once stood, amid a large swath of rubble surrounded by partially collapsed structures.
Dozens of rescue workers and bystanders dug through the wreckage, searching for survivors beneath the pancaked buildings.
A group of young men pulled two children from the upper floors of a damaged apartment block, cradling them as they climbed down.
More than half the territory’s 2.3 million Palestinians have fled their homes, with hundreds of thousands sheltering in packed UN-run schools-turned-shelters or in hospitals alongside thousands of wounded patients.
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Israeli strikes have hit closer to several northern hospitals in recent days, alarming medics.
The strike on the refugee camp comes hours after the Israeli military reported its forces were engaged in “fierce battles” with Hamas fighters inside the Gaza Strip.
The fundamentalist groups said its militants had been using anti-tank missiles and machine guns to stop Israeli soldiers from advancing.
Israel described the latest developments as the “second phase” of its efforts to wipe out Hamas from the region in the aftermath of the killing of 1,400 Israelis in the October 7 incursion into the south of the country.
The war has also threatened to ignite fighting on other fronts. Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group have traded fire daily along the border, and Israel and the US have struck targets in Syria linked to Iran, which supports Hamas, Hezbollah and other armed groups in the region.
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