The ongoing Israeli bombing damaged over 200,000 housing units, with more than 32,000 completely demolished, according to Salama Marouf, head of the Government Media Office in Gaza.
During a press conference held yesterday, Marouf stated that the occupation forces also targeted mosques, churches and schools where thousands have taken refuge from the bombing.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday lost touch with its staff in Gaza as telecommunications were cut off. We have lost touch with our staff in Gaza, with health facilities, health workers and the rest of our humanitarian partners on the ground.
Internet and communications went down as Israel’s military said it was intensifying its carpet bombing of Gaza and that its ground forces were expanding operations. International aid agencies said they were unable to contact their staffers.
Since the start of the massive military assaults, 116 medical personnel, 18 rescue team members, and 35 media professionals have been killed, while warning that Israel has threatened to target Al-Quds and Al-Shifa Hospitals, two of the remaining functioning medical centres in Gaza.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians have relocated to within the hospital walls or are sleeping around them, hoping that medical centers will be protected from Israel’s aggressive bombing campaign.
The UN General Assembly voted in favor of an immediate humanitarian truce on Friday, shortly after the Israeli army announced the expansion of its ground operations in the Gaza Strip.
The result showed a split among Western countries, especially in Europe, as France supported the resolution, while Germany, Italy and Britain abstained from voting. Austria joined the United States in voting against the resolution.
Middle East Monitor / ABC Flash Point Blog Site News 2023.