Israel fires again at civilians waiting for food: 29 Palestinians killed

During the distribution of humanitarian aid, there were chaotic scenes and deadly incidents as desperately hungry people tried to get food, Reuters reports

by Sededin Dedovic
Israel fires again at civilians waiting for food: 29 Palestinians killed
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The conflict between Israel and Palestine in the Gaza Strip has again erupted into violence. The Israeli army killed at least 29 Palestinians as they waited for humanitarian aid in two separate attacks in the Gaza Strip on Thursday.

Recent events have highlighted the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region, with reports of civilian casualties and desperate struggles for human survival amidst the chaos of war. On fateful Thursday, the Israeli army carried out two separate attacks in the Gaza Strip, resulting in the deaths of at least 29 Palestinians who were waiting for humanitarian aid.

The Gaza Ministry of Health has confirmed these victims, which shows us the dark reality facing the people of Gaza. In the first incident, Palestinian health officials reported that eight people were killed in an airstrike on a food distribution center in Al-Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza reports Reuters.

The center, which served as a lifeline for many poor families, was turned into ruins, which further aggravated the difficult situation in the besieged territory. A second attack occurred later in the day, when Israeli soldiers opened fire on a crowd gathered at a roundabout in northern Gaza, where aid trucks were expected to arrive.

The indiscriminate shooting resulted in the death of 21 people and more than 150 wounded, according to the Palestinian Ministry. People did not look at the IDF soldiers at all for fear of shooting, but regardless the Israeli army found a "reason" this time to open fire on unarmed people and civilians.

Most of these people came happy to bring food to their children who were waiting for them in food tents. Now those children will not get food nor will their parents return "home".

Citizens queue for food that is cooked in large pots and distributed for free during war-time on March 10, 2024 in Rafah, Gaza© Ahmad Hasaballah / Getty Images

The conflict in Gaza has displaced most of the territory's 2.3 million residents, forcing them to flee their homes in search of safety amid relentless bombardment and violence.

The distribution of humanitarian aid has been marred by chaotic scenes and deadly incidents, with desperate civilians risking their lives to secure basic necessities such as food and water. Scenes of suffering and despair serve as a stark reminder of the urgent need for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

In late February, Palestinian health authorities revealed that Israeli forces had killed over 100 Palestinians as they waited for food aid near Gaza City. Israel claimed the casualties occurred in a stampede around aid trucks, attributing the deaths to overcrowding and chaos.

Incredible scenes that have been repeated for days, but it seems that no one can help these unfortunate people. In the Al-Nuseirat refugee camp, located in the heart of central Gaza, eight people were killed in an Israeli airstrike on a food distribution center.

The loss of life dealt a devastating blow to an already vulnerable community, leaving many families grieving the loss of their loved ones. In Deir Al-Balah, another locality in central Gaza, an Israeli missile hit a residential building, killing nine people, Palestinian medical sources confirmed.

Relentless airstrikes and shelling have turned Gaza into a war zone, with civilians bearing the brunt of the violence. Residents said Israeli airstrikes continued throughout the night, hitting various areas across the territory, including Rafah in the south, where over a million displaced people have sought refuge from escalating hostilities.

Since the start of the war, the Israeli military has launched airstrikes, naval bombardments and ground offensives in Gaza, killing more than 31,000 Palestinians and injuring more than 71,500 others, according to Palestinian health authorities.

Efforts to broker a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas have so far been unsuccessful, with both sides unwilling to compromise on their demands. While Israel insists on a deal that would secure the release of hostages held by Hamas in exchange for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel, Hamas argues that any deal must end Israeli aggression in Gaza, ensure the delivery of aid, facilitate the return of displaced residents to their homes, resulting in the withdrawal of Israeli forces from the territory.

Late on Thursday, Hamas presented to mediators a comprehensive vision for the cease-fire agreement, centered on halting Israeli aggression against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, providing humanitarian aid, facilitating the return of displaced residents to their homes and the withdrawal of Israeli forces.

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the new Hamas position. The United Nations has issued a dire warning, saying at least 576,000 people in Gaza are on the brink of starvation. The increasing global pressure on Israel to allow greater access to the territory emphasizes the urgency of solving the problem, but until the US puts "real" pressure on the ultra-rightist government of Israel, we will hardly be able to solve the problem.