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Israeli operation in Gaza’s Nuseirat refugee camp results in mass casualties with over 200 dead

Gaza’s Government Media Office reports 210 Palestinians killed and over 400 injured — many of whom are children — in an Israeli attack on the Nuseirat refugee camp during an operation to free four hostages.

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Gaza’s Government Media Office has reported a devastating outcome following what it describes as an “Israeli massacre” at the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza. The attack resulted in the deaths of 210 Palestinians and left more than 400 wounded.

This incident occurred after a special operation by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) freed four Israeli hostages from the camp on Saturday.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has described the situation at Al-Aqsa Hospital in central Gaza to Aljazeera as a “nightmare.” The hospital, along with Nasser Hospital, is overwhelmed with severely injured patients, many of whom are women and children. The influx of casualties has strained the capacity of these medical facilities following the Israeli assault on Nuseirat.

Video footage shared on social media depicted dozens of bodies of men, women, and children lying in the streets of the Nuseirat area. The footage also showed bloodied and injured civilians, including many children and babies, being rushed to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah.

Just after midday local time, Israeli army spokesperson Avichay Adraee announced that Israeli forces had launched an attack on the Nuseirat refugee camp “within the last hour.” Adraee later detailed that Israeli forces targeted two buildings “in the depths of Nuseirat” in broad daylight, rescuing four captives in the process.

Ken Roth, the former head of Human Rights Watch, told Al Jazeera that operating during the day posed significant risks to civilians. He noted that some bombs fell either on or adjacent to a market in al-Nuseirat, which was filled with people at the time.

Zaid, a paramedic from Nuseirat, informed Reuters that “Israeli drones and warplanes fired all night randomly at people’s houses and at people who tried to flee the area” before the Saturday attack.

The attack followed days of intensified Israeli strikes on Nuseirat and other neighbouring refugee camps in central Gaza. Earlier this week, local officials reported that at least 40 people were killed in an Israeli strike on a UN-run school where thousands of displaced Palestinians had sought shelter in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Francesca Albanese, the UN’s special rapporteur on the human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, commented on the incident via social media.

She expressed relief for the release of the four Israeli captives but criticized the loss of hundreds of Palestinian lives, including women and children, as a consequence.

Albanese asserted that Israel could have secured the release of all hostages months ago through earlier ceasefire and hostage exchange proposals, which Israel reportedly refused.

She accused Israel of using hostages to legitimize actions that resulted in significant harm to Palestinians in Gaza, describing the actions as having a “genocidal intent.”

As of April, approximately 9,500 Palestinians from Gaza and the West Bank were in Israeli captivity, according to estimates from the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. Among them, around 3,660 Palestinians are under administrative detention, a status involving imprisonment without charge or trial.

International humanitarian law states that no person may be punished for acts they did not commit, prohibiting collective punishment of a group for an individual’s crime.

Collective punishment targets individuals not responsible for the acts, violating the principle of individual responsibility, and often involves those with no direct association with the perpetrator.

In light of these principles, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is seeking arrest warrants for several key figures, including Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, citing war crimes and crimes against humanity related to the 7 October attacks on Israel and the subsequent conflict in Gaza.

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200 people would still be alive if Hamas did not kidnap innocent civilians to hold them as hostages on Oct 7th

Who is responsible for the over 200 deaths? The legitimately elected government of Gaza. That is Hamas.

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Hamas terrorists do not want cease fire.

Each is paid $10,000 and an apartment for holding hostages.

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Hamas do not to release the hostages. That is the only way for Israel to rescue their own civilians.

Why Hamas using civilians as human shields?

The US, UK, Canada and Germany should take the responsibility of having provided weapons to kill in Gaza. Nethanyahu is not interested in the hostages but is enjoying the killings. All the hostages could have been freed on both sides with a ceasefire. It is rumoured that Nethanyahu is doing the bidding of his fanatical extremists coalition partners. If he doesn’t continue, his govt. will collapse.

Read on CNN. They claimed it’s always very difficult to verify casualty and death statistics provided from any side both sides. Bcz terrorist and civilian lives often mixed up in counting.

If Useless Nations, ICC, ICJ never ask Hamas to stop firing missiles, the war will never end.

Hamas started it all as to what they claimed oppressions? LOL

Palestinians are playing victimized cards as they are the ones who voted Hamas

All these nations talk only. tsk tsk tsk

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