- Gaza death toll reaches 139, including 39 children and 1,000 injuries, according to Gaza’s Ministry of Health; nine Israeli casualties, including one child. 24 schools have been destroyed in Gaza.
- 10 members of the same family, including eight children, killed in the Israeli airstrike on Gaza’s Shati refugee camp
- Israel destroys the Jalaa building in Gaza, which houses many international media offices in the territory, including Al Jazeera and AP offices.
- Protests in the West Bank are expected to continue, as Palestinians mark 73rd anniversary of the Nakba.
- Israeli mobs and armed settlers continue to attack Palestinians in Jaffa, Haifa, and Sheikh Jarrah
Israel destroys building housing foreign media offices in Gaza
Gaza (The Inside Palestine)_Israeli forces leveled the 15-story Jalaa building in Gaza, which houses many of the international media offices in the territory, including the Al Jazeera and AP offices.
The building was reported to hold 60 units, and also housed dozens of residential apartment buildings.
Al Jazeera reported that the Israeli military called the owner of the building and gave him one hour to evacuate everyone from the residences and offices. When the owner reportedly asked for 30 extra minutes so that people could evacuate their equipment and other essentials from the offices, the army commander refused.
“The Israeli (army) spokesman refused and said that they will be attacking exactly after one hour, and that no one should enter the building, if they don’t want to lose their lives,” Al Jazeera’s Gaza reporter Youmna al-Sayed said.
“The destruction is massive. Hundreds of families now have evacuated the building and the building next to it, and the buildings opposite to it, which means … more families have been added to the list of thousands of families who have been displaced in the Gaza Strip right now. No place in Gaza now seems safe,” al-Sayed said.
In a statement AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said he was “shocked and horrified that the Israeli military would target and destroy the building housing AP’s bureau and other news organizations in Gaza.”
“This is an incredibly disturbing development. We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life. A dozen AP journalists and freelancers were inside the building and thankfully we were able to evacuate them in time,” Pruitt said.
This is at least the third reported instance of Israeli forces targeting media offices in Gaza in recent days. On Wednesday Israeli forces bombed the building housing the APA media offices and others.
Israel kills 10 members of the same family in airstrike on Gaza refugee camp
Israel targeted a Palestinian home in the Shati refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip in the early hours of Saturday morning, killing 10 members of the same extended family — two women and eight children.
The airstrike targeted a home in the crowded refugee camp, where more than 85,628 Palestinian refugees live in an area of 0.52 square kilometres, according to UNRWA. It’s one of the most crowded and densely populated of Gaza’s eight refugee camps.
Casualties were reported to be from two families, the Abu Hatab and al-Hadidi families. Reports indicated that they were related.
Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Health in Gaza reported that the airstrike came without prior warning, and at least 20 people wounded in the attack. Several more were believed to be buried under the rubble.
One of the doctors at the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza who was treating the wounded described the attack to Al Jazeera, saying “this is truly a massacre that cannot be described.
One of the only survivors of the attack was a five-month-old baby named Omar al-Hadidi who was pulled out of the rubble of the home.
Omar’s mother (name unknown), and his brothers Suheib, 14, Abdelrahman, 8, Wisam, 6 were all killed. Reports from earlier Saturday morning indicated that one of the other children Yahya, 11, was still buried under the rubble.
A video of Omar’s father, Mohammed al-Hadidi, at the hospital shows him saying that his wife and kids had gone to visit his wife’s brother in the Shati camp for Eid holidays, where they were attacked.
The family were buried in a funeral on Saturday afternoon.