On Sunday, rescue workers searched for survivors under the rubble, the seventh day in a row in Israel’s besieged Gaza Strip.
A Palestinian security source said the “most intense” shelling since the second intifada, or coup, which began in 2000, was an hour-long rocket that struck the area overnight on Sunday.
Emergency crews worked to pull the bodies out of the huge pile of smoke and debris, as relatives mourned in panic and mourning.
About half of the rockets hit the Al-Wehdar Gaza City district where residential houses, infrastructure and roads were destroyed or partially damaged.
The Israeli Ministry of Health has confirmed that 226 people, including Dr. Ayman Abu Al-Of, the head of internal medicine at Shifa Hospital, were killed overnight in the Israeli bombing of their home. Five children were found alive under the rubble.
“We can still hear people screaming from under the rubble,” said Mehhat Hamdan, a civil defense worker who came to Gaza City from Khan Younis and worked 11 hours non-stop to save lives.
“For me, working in this case has scared me anyway. I am no longer shocked by what I see, but no one can be emotional when we can reach the bodies of the children and remove them, “said Hamdan, who pulled three dead children from under the rubble.
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Rescue teams are still searching for missing people at the scene of the massacre on Al-Wehda Street in Gaza City.
“Our whole neighborhood – from Tel Shubayer to Palmera junction – was bombed,” said Ramji Eshkuntana, who was at home when 40 consecutive airstrikes hit the area in minutes.
“We fled the house and saw the destruction of most of the buildings around us, including my brother’s house. His wife and four children died in their sleep, “said Ashkuntana.
“My brother’s wife was dragged down with arms around her children,” he added. “These were not F-16 missiles; These were F-35 fighter jet bombs. ”
‘These are kids’
A rescue worker gave his account as he went to rescue people from under the rubble.
“We heard a young girl screaming. We also heard the ringing of a mobile phone. We followed the word and for several hours using a bulldozer and other light devices we reached the girl, who is alive, ”he said.
“The woman and her children – two sons and two daughters – have died. Were these children firing rockets? Aren’t these enough that they were deprived of the joy of Eid? These are kids! The oldest was in fourth grade. ”
Mirzam Mueller, Chief ICRC The last few days in Gaza have marked a “dramatic” increase in violence.
“Our teams have rarely been able to move. An increase in stability is really needed so that we can assess the humanitarian situation on the ground and provide much-needed assistance, ”Mueller said.
“I’ve only been here a few days … and it’s heartbreaking to see how the situation unfolds.”
Another difficult day for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, as more residential buildings are being attacked, leaving hundreds of families and children homeless.সি ICRC_Lot ifrc pic.twitter.com/fEIyCJgEHQ
– PRCS (PalestineRCS) May 15, 2121
Another resident, Khalil al-Kalaq, said two of his family’s buildings had been destroyed.
“We woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of bombs being dropped,” he said.
He added, “Only two members of our family are alive. “All 11 members, including women, children and men, have left. There are still six under the rubble. ”
Razi al-Sourani, head of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, told Al Jazeera that Israel was deliberately targeting civilians.
“The clear evidence of what happened here in al-Wahdah is that Israel is committing crimes against humanity and deliberately targeting civilians,” he said.
“The most advanced and powerful military forces in the region are attacking residential buildings, banks, journalists and families. It is clear that this criminal army cannot overcome resistance and instead 80 percent of its target are civilians.
Al-Sourani said the crimes were being documented and would be brought before an international court.
Israeli Brigadier-General Hidaya Zilberman, a spokesman for the army, told Israeli army radio on Sunday that the military had targeted the home of Ihiyah Sinwar, the region’s most senior Hamas leader.
More than 1,170 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the violence began on Monday, including 41 children. More than a thousand others were injured. Israeli forces have killed at least 13 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
Palestinian militants have fired at least 2,300 rockets at Israel, killing 10 people, including two children, and injuring more than 5,060 Israelis.
‘Hurt Our Children’
Sunday’s intense bombing comes hours after Israeli missiles Hit the Shati refugee camp Killed 10 relatives – two mothers and their four children. The Israeli military has claimed that the building was used by senior Hamas officials, which was denied by camp residents.
“They are hitting our children, babies without prior warning,” said Mohammed al-Hadidi, who lost most of his family in the strike and whose blast injured a five-month-old baby.
The same day, Israeli forces A tall building has been brought down Providing accommodation in the offices of media outlets, including the Al Jazeera bureau.
As the violence escalates and the human rights situation deteriorates, some 17,000 Palestinians have fled their homes for fear of an attack on a land adjacent to an Israeli fence east of the Gaza Strip, the United Nations has said.
“They are taking refuge in schools, mosques and other places during the global COVID-19 epidemic,” said Lynn Hastings, a UN humanitarian official.
Burdwan # Humanitarian In crisis #Gaza. Now 10,000 are displaced in Gaza. The Israeli and Palestinian authorities must allow humanitarian relief and access. Read my statement here: https://t.co/rIpBOIRZoW pic.twitter.com/7EVVATILgw
– Lynn Hastings (LinHastings) May 14, 2121
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was “disappointed” by the civilian casualties in Gaza and “deeply disturbed” by Israel’s strike at the Tower housing agency in Burias.
His spokesman said Guterres “reminds all parties that arbitrarily targeting civilian and media structures violates international law and should be avoided at all costs”.
The UN Security Council met on Sunday to discuss the bloody conflict between Israel and the Palestinians since 2014.
The Palestinians marked Naqba on Saturday – a “catastrophe” that saw millions of Palestinians displaced during the creation of Israel in 1949-1944.
Two Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, a day after some horrific clashes in the region in recent years left 11 Palestinians dead.
Additional reporting by Hosam Salam In Gaza