Escalating Violence in Gaza: 27 Palestinians dead as Israeli airstrikes continue

The violence has been widespread, with Israeli attacks claiming the lives of at least 27 Palestinians overnight, including several children in southern Rafah. Among the victims were pediatric surgeon Muhammad Nimr Qazaat, 72, and his son Youssef, 33, who were killed in central Deir el-Balah.

The situation in Gaza has taken a catastrophic turn as Israeli airstrikes have intensified, leaving a trail of death and destruction in their wake. Reports from Al-Jazeera correspondents and the Wafa news agency indicate that Israeli fighter jets “carpet-bombed” the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza, killing and wounding an unknown number of Palestinians.

The violence has been widespread, with Israeli attacks claiming the lives of at least 27 Palestinians overnight, including several children in southern Rafah. Among the victims were pediatric surgeon Muhammad Nimr Qazaat, 72, and his son Youssef, 33, who were killed in central Deir el-Balah.

The mounting casualties have overwhelmed Gaza’s already fragile healthcare system, with civil defence crews reporting that all hospitals in north Gaza are now out of service. The situation is further exacerbated by the ongoing Israeli blockade, which has left UN aid agencies operating in the south on the verge of running out of food aid.

As Palestinians continue to flee the southern city of Rafah, concerns are growing over the possibility of an Israeli ground assault. The EU’s Josep Borrell has added his voice to the growing chorus of concern, highlighting the urgency of the situation.

Meanwhile, the conflict has spilt over into northern Israel, where rocket sirens blared as Israeli forces and Lebanon’s Hezbollah group exchanged fire. In southern Israel, three people were lightly injured after rockets launched from Gaza hit a home in the city of Ashkelon.

The escalating violence has once again brought the region to the brink of a full-blown humanitarian crisis, with innocent civilians bearing the brunt of the suffering. Urgent diplomatic efforts are needed to halt the bloodshed and prevent further loss of life.