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At least 23,843 Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza since Oct. 7: Ministry

The health ministry in Hamasrun Gaza said Saturday at least 23,843 have been killed in the territory in 99 days of war between Palestinian militants and Israel. The ministry said it had registered 60,317 wounded since war erupted on October 7, while thousands remain trapped under rubble. Health officials in Hamasruled Gaza said Saturday that Israeli strikes overnight killed at least 60 people in the besieged territory, which was also grappling with a telecommunications blackout. Fears of the conflict widening intensified after US and British forces struck pro-Hamas Houthis in Yemen following attacks on Red Sea shipping, with the US military announcing a fresh airstrike on Saturday. Witnesses in the Gaza Strip reported Israeli bombardment in the early morning. An AFP correspondent said intense shelling and airstrikes hit the Palestinian territory’s south overnight. “I was visiting my sister, and when I returned I found my house was bombed,” said 60-year-old Samir Qashta, a resident of Rafah in southern Gaza, where many people have fled. “Is my house hurting Israel in any way?” The Israeli army said its forces had struck dozens of rocket launchers that were “ready to be used” in central Gaza, and eliminated four “terrorists” in airstrikes on Khan Younis, Gaza’s major southern city, near Rafah. Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for the health ministry in the Hamas-run territory, reported “more than 60 martyrs” in Israeli airstrikes and artillery fire, with dozens more wounded. At Rafah’s Al-Najjar Hospital, mourners gathered and prayed around the bodies of slain relatives. One man held the body of a child, wrapped in white cloth, ahead of burial. Internet and telecommunications services were cut Friday as a result of Israeli bombardment, the main operator Paltel said, reporting the latest such disruption. The Palestinian Red Crescent posted that the outage was increasing the challenges in “reaching the wounded and injured promptly.” Winter rains have exacerbated the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, where the UN estimates 1.9 million – nearly 85 percent of the population– have been displaced. Many have sought shelter in Rafah and other southern areas. “It was a harsh and difficult night,” said Nabila Abu Zayed, 40, who now lives in a tent at AlNasser Hospital in Khan Younis. “The rain flooded our tent… We spent the night standing with hundreds of displaced people like us in the corridors of the maternity ward,” she told AFP. “It was very cold and we had no winter clothes or blankets. All of my children are sick.” “There was bombing through the night,” said Abu Zayed. “Where will we go?” The United Nations humanitarian office, OCHA, told AFP that Israel was blocking aid convoys into northern Gaza. alarabiya

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.