On Saturday night, a powerful explosion rocked the Al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, resulting in a devastating loss of life and numerous injuries.
Hospital officials, as reported by CNN, confirmed that the blast claimed the lives of at least 52 people. This tragic incident has left the community in shock and mourning.
Hospital authorities and witnesses at the scene have attributed the explosion to an Israeli airstrike. Mohammad al-Hajj, the director of communications at the Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Hospital in Deir Al-Balah, and Dr. Khalil Al-Daqran, the head of nursing at the same hospital, both stated that the blast was a result of an Israeli airstrike.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have indicated that they are investigating the circumstances surrounding this explosion. As of now, the Israeli military has not commented on the incident.
Dr. Al-Daqran reported that many of the victims were women and children, and he feared that the death toll would rise as more bodies were brought to the hospital.
Tragedy Strikes Al-Maghazi Refugee Camp in Gaza
Tragic images from the Al-Aqsa Martyr’s hospital in Gaza showed several bodies covered under white tarpaulin, including those of five children.
Residents of the Al-Maghazi camp shared their harrowing experiences, with some losing their homes and loved ones in the incident. The hospital’s resources are stretched thin due to the high influx of patients, coupled with a shortage of fuel and supplies, making it challenging to provide adequate treatment.
The Al-Maghazi refugee camp is characterized by narrow alleys and high population density, with over 33,000 people living in no more than 0.6 square kilometers.
The IDF has urged civilians in Gaza to relocate south of Wadi Gaza, particularly as the conflict has escalated in Gaza City and Northern Gaza.
This tragic event further underscores the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region, and international efforts to bring about a peaceful resolution to the conflict remain crucial.