The war between Israel and Hamas, which entered its 37th day on Sunday, was sparked by the Palestinian Islamist movement’s bloody October 7 attack on Israeli soil from the Gaza Strip it controls.
In retaliation, Israel vowed to “annihilate” Hamas, relentlessly bombing the besieged territory where 2.4 million Palestinians are huddled. The Israeli army launched a ground operation on October 27 in the Gaza Strip.
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The deputy health minister of the Hamas government in Gaza, Youssef Abou Rich, told AFP on Sunday thatan israeli airstrike “completely destroyed” the heart disease department building of al-Chifa hospital, the largest in the Gaza Strip. The official did not comment and the Israeli military did not immediately react.
The hospital houses “650 patients, about forty children in incubators, all at risk of death, and 15,000 displaced people,” according to Mr. Abu Rich Since Saturday, electricity has been cut there and dozens of babies in incubators and patients in intensive care are in danger of death, according to several international NGOs.
The Israeli military said on Sunday it would help evacuate these imperiled premature babies “to a safer hospital” and open a “safe passage” from the hospital to the main route used by refugees to flee the north .
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) announced on Sunday “a significant number of dead and wounded” in the “bombing” of its headquarters in Gaza City, evacuated by its employees and now occupied by hundreds of Palestinians displaced
In the southern Gaza Strip, at least four bombs were dropped on the Bani Souheila sector near Khan Younes, destroying about ten houses, according to an AFP reporter. The head of Gaza’s hospitals, Mohammed Zaqout, reported “10 dead, including women and children.”
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Several civilians were wounded in Israel on Sunday by an anti-tank missile that landed in the country’s north, the army said, which responded by targeting the source of the fire in southern Lebanon.
The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) announced that one of its members was wounded by gunfire in southern Lebanon, where exchanges of fire are now frequent between the Israeli army and Lebanese Hezbollah.
Israeli warplanes hit “terrorist infrastructure” in Syria after firing from that territory into the Israeli-annexed part of the Golan, according to the military.
At least 11,078 people, mostly civilians, including 4,506 children, have been killed in Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip since the start of the war, according to the Hamas Health Ministry, whose latest report was on Friday.
The Hamas attack left around 1,200 dead on the Israeli side, mostly civilians killed on October 7, and 42 soldiers have died in the Gaza Strip since the start of Israeli military operations on the ground, according to the latest official Israeli figures.
The Israeli military estimates that around 240 people were taken hostage in the Gaza Strip during the initial attack by Hamas. Among these captives are at least thirty minors, including small children, according to Israeli media.