Bombings and ground offensive on Gaza continue, army commits massacre in Jabaliya

Bombings and ground offensive on Gaza continue, army commits massacre in Jabaliya

On the 24th day of the Israeli offensive, two weeks after the announcement of the Siege of the Gaza Strip, which established the fact that in addition to the bombing of buildings and civilian populations, the Israeli military authorities have completely closed the enclave by preventing the entry of water, food and gasoline after blocking access to electricity. This decision was based on the fact that the Israeli Minister of Defense considers the Gazans to be “animals” and that they had to be treated “accordingly”.

Air strikes and artillery fire continued continuously for 24 days on this coastal enclave, whose population has already been living under air, land and naval blockade for 16 years. The strikes are still in progress, they are a little more violent and deadly every day, but at a time when the Israeli army is preparing to launch a ground incursion into this territory populated by 2.3 million inhabitants. , it seems necessary to remember that the humanitarian situation is catastrophic and that arrangements have still not been made to deliver sufficient aid and that the bombing of civilians is increasing every day.

On October 31, the human toll already stood at 8,525 people killed (including 3,457 children) and more than 20,000 injured. The massacre committed on October 31 in the Jabaliya refugee camp constitutes one of the most violent attacks since the start of the Israeli offensive.


OCTOBER 29, 2023

On Sunday, October 29, bombings continued on a multitude of towns and refugee camps in the Gaza Strip. At the same time, the first land incursions progressed to the north and east of the enclave.

A hail of missiles fell on the refugee camps of Al-Shati, Nuseirat, Jabaliya and Bureij. In the Jabaliya camp, 110 homes were destroyed in these strikes. 40 people lost their lives.

Gaza City also paid the high price for these bombings. A six-story building was completely blown up in the Tal-Hawa district in the west of the city. In the Al-Zaytoun district, further south, the strikes killed 30 people. Five houses were also bombed in Al-Tuffah, and two others in Shejayia, in these two neighborhoods in the east of Gaza City.

In the Jabaliya refugee camp, Israeli military aircraft struck 110 houses, killing at least 45 Palestinians and injuring others.

Two towns in the south of the Gaza Strip (in the area presented as SAFE by the Israeli army), Khan Younis and Rafah, suffered bombings in which more than 50 Palestinians died.

During the evening of October 29, strikes continued to hit civilian buildings. Three mosques were bombed. The Al-Huda and Al-Fateh mosques were hit in the town of Beit Lahia, in the north of the enclave. The other mosque was blown up in the Jabaliya refugee camp.

In Gaza City and the Al-Shate camp, strikes continued throughout the night. Deadly strikes also hit Khan Younis (in the area presented as SAFE by the Israeli army).

OCTOBER 30, 2023

The morning of Monday October 30 was also extremely deadly. Continued air and ground strikes affected the entire Gaza Strip. Bombing in the north, center and south of Gaza caused at least 40 deaths this morning.

Hospitals announced dozens of new deaths from injuries sustained in the bombing of the Bureij and Nuseirat refugee camps the day before.

During the same hours, groups of Israeli troops and tanks launched several raids to the north and east of the enclave, again causing numerous casualties. The troops advanced towards Gaza City with the aim of cutting the roads linking the capital to the north and south of the enclave. All this progress was accompanied by cover from military helicopters and air strikes from the aviation. During its advance, the Israeli army eliminated dozens of civilians on its route.

Late in the morning, the Israeli army bombed the house of journalist Nazmi Al-Nadim in the Al-Zaytoum neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. The strike killed the Gazan journalist and his entire family. Nazmi Al-Nadim is the 35th journalist killed in the bombings in Gaza.

During the afternoon, several bombings killed 10 people in Rafah and at least as many in the town of Khan Younis (both towns being in the area presented as SAFE by the Israeli army).

The evening and night of October 30 to 31 were also extremely violent. Aviation and ground artillery again poured out a continuous stream of strikes. In Gaza City, in Khan Younis, Rafah, Beit Hanoun, Beit Lahia, Bureij, Nuseirat, the deaths of Palestinians were counted in the hundreds.

Finally, and as has been the case for several days, the bombings in the neighborhoods of the various hospitals in Gaza City were bombed while the hospital centers of Al-Shifa and Al-Quds received renewed orders evacuation.

OCTOBER 31, 2023

Tuesday, October 31, will remain one of the deadliest days of this attack. During the morning, airstrikes targeted the towns of Gaza and Rafah and the refugee camps of Nuseirat and Al-Shate. Dozens of deaths have once again been reported.

During the day of October 31, a multitude of bodies were found and excavated in the rubble of civilian buildings and homes bombed in recent days. Health authorities estimate the number of people trapped in the rubble of the strikes at 2,000.

At the end of the afternoon the Israeli army committed a new massacre. Within moments, six American bombs, each weighing a ton, were dropped on the most densely populated area of ​​the Jabaliya refugee camp. The camp’s 20 residential towers were wiped out in seconds. The human toll is likely to be absolutely appalling. The first counts announce at least 100 dead and 300 injured.

Sources: WAFA / Eye on Palestine / Quds News Network / Alice Froussard / Younis Tirawi

Photo: Quds News Network (Anas Al-Sharif)