Smoke rising from Israeli shelling on Rafah (French)

The Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that the number of victims of the Israeli aggression reached 21,672 martyrs, while the number of injured reached 56,165, at a time when the occupation forces intensified their operations on the Gaza Strip.

The northern and southern axes in the Gaza Strip witnessed fierce clashes between the Israeli occupation forces and the Palestinian resistance, while the occupation gunboats fired shells heavily on the beaches of Deir al-Balah and Khan Yunis.

Israeli fighter jets and artillery also intensified their bombardment of the central region, especially the camps of al-Bureij, Nuseirat and Khan Yunis, where the population is high for refugees and displaced Gazans.

The Ministry of Health said that the occupation committed 14 massacres during the past 24 hours, which led to the death of 165 and the injury of 250.

War on hospitals

The Israeli occupation army escalated its war on the Gaza Strip's hospitals and health staff, as part of a devastating war on Gaza waged since the seventh of last October, which left material and human losses, massive destruction in infrastructure and an unprecedented humanitarian disaster, according to the Gaza Strip authorities and the United Nations.

Of the martyrs, 312 are medical personnel, while 99 health workers in the Gaza Strip remain in the custody of the Israeli occupying forces.

The Health Ministry denounced the subjection of thousands of detainees held by Israel to "physical and psychological torture, starvation, thirst, lack of sleep and continuous interrogation in the extreme cold."

It noted that 23 hospitals and 53 health centers in the Gaza Strip were out of service due to shelling by the Israeli army, which also destroyed 104 ambulances.

The ministry called on the international community to send more medical aid, facilitate the evacuation of more injured and "take effective and urgent steps to ensure the protection of all hospitals and their staff and secure access routes".

Source : Al Jazeera + Agencies