Israeli attacks continue as calls for a ceasefire in Gaza grow

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At least 90 people, including women and children, were killed in the Jabalia refugee camp. The war and its devastating effects on civilians continue

As reported by Al-Jazeera, Israel kept up deadly attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip on Sunday 17 December, killing dozens of people, despite growing international calls for a ceasefire and pleas from desperate relatives to bring home the remaining captives being held in the enclave by Hamas.

At least 90 people, including women and children, were killed and more than 100 injured in Israeli attacks on the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza.
The enclave’s Ministry of Health said Sunday’s strikes hit a residential block belonging to the al-Barsh and Alwan families, according to Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Medics in central Gaza’s Deir el-Balah said at least 12 Palestinians had been killed and dozens wounded, while in Rafah in the south, an Israeli air attack on a house killed at least four people. More than 54 bodies arrived at al-Shifa Hospital after Israeli warplanes targeted the neighbourhoods of Sabra, Sheikh Radwan, and Remal in Gaza City.

Al-Jazeera reported the general information that the bombardment has left much of Gaza in ruins. The United Nations estimates that 1.9 million Palestinians or about 85 percent of the population have been displaced by the war and warns of a “breakdown of civil order”. “I would not be surprised if people start dying of hunger, or a combination of hunger, disease, weak immunity,” said Philippe Lazzarini, head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees. 

According to MSF: “hospitals have become villages, with people living in corridors.” In some places, there is no fuel or electricity. It's impacting everything. MSF’s staff has seen the devastating loss of life caused by the lack of fuel in hospitals, with generators not working and doctors unable to save people’s lives“In reality, no place is safe in Gaza. Staying alive is only a matter of luck. “Six different places were destroyed just after we had visited them – six places demolished into rubble. Schools: gone. Offices: gone. Private houses: gone. Water plants: gone.” stated Ricardo Martinez, MSF logistics Coordinator in Gaza.


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