As Israeli operations expanded across the war-torn Gaza Strip, more than 240 Palestinians have been killed in the territory in the last 24 hours, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. The Israel Defence Force (IDF) said that it struck over 100 sites on Tuesday, amid concerns that it is expanding its ground operations in central Gaza.
The Gaza health ministry reported that at least 241 people were killed and 382 others were wounded in the strip, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas denouncing the war as a “great crime” against his people, BBC reported. Additionally, six Palestinians were killed in an Israeli drone strike overnight in the Nur Shams refugee camp in the Tulkarem area of the occupied West Bank region.
Calling the attacks unprecedented in the history of the Palestinian people, Abbas said that the territory has become unrecognisable and that the Israeli operations in Gaza were “beyond a catastrophe” and “beyond a war of annihilation”.
At least 20,915 people have been killed – two-thirds of them women and children – in Gaza, according to the health ministry, as the war has continued past 11 weeks since the deadly Hamas attack on Israel on October 7 that killed 1,200 people and 240 people were taken captives.