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8 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrike on family house in Gaza's Rafah city

Xinhua | Updated: 2024-02-25 04:24

Palestinians help an injured man, at the site of an Israeli strike on a house, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip Feb 24, 2024. [Photo/Agencies]

GAZA -- At least eight Palestinians, including a child, were killed in an Israeli airstrike targeting a house in the city of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources said Saturday.

Medical sources and paramedics told Xinhua that several others were injured in the strike on a house belonging to the "Shahin" family in central Rafah, and all the casualties had been sent to a hospital in the city.

Israeli warplanes also struck areas in the city near the enclave's border with Egypt, a southernmost Gazan city that has seen a large inflow of Palestinians who fled their homes in central and northern Gaza to take shelter.

Also on Saturday, Hamas-run Health Ministry's spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra said the Israeli army destroyed 150 medical facilities and took 32 hospitals out of service since the ongoing conflict started on Oct. 7, 2023.

He said the remaining three hospitals in Rafah are overcrowded and cannot provide care for more than a million people suffering from malnutrition.

He noted that in northern Gaza, health workers were also unable to provide care as the Israeli army refused to deliver medical supplies and fuel there.

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