Israel Presses Gaza Offensive Amid Deadly Airstrikes

A Palestinian girl walks at the site of an Israeli strike, outside a school sheltering displaced people in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip July 10, 2024. REUTERS/Hatem Khaled
A Palestinian girl walks at the site of an Israeli strike, outside a school sheltering displaced people in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip July 10, 2024. REUTERS/Hatem Khaled
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Israel Presses Gaza Offensive Amid Deadly Airstrikes

A Palestinian girl walks at the site of an Israeli strike, outside a school sheltering displaced people in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip July 10, 2024. REUTERS/Hatem Khaled
A Palestinian girl walks at the site of an Israeli strike, outside a school sheltering displaced people in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip July 10, 2024. REUTERS/Hatem Khaled

Israeli forces pressed their offensive in north and central Gaza on Wednesday, hours after an airstrike on a tent encampment that Palestinian officials said killed more than two dozen people.

Leaflets were dropped on Gaza City, this time with a map marking "safe routes" for the evacuation of the whole city, not just certain districts. The Israeli leaflets urge civilians to head south along two routes to the central Gaza Strip.

Hamas said the renewed Israeli campaign killed more than 60 Palestinians across the enclave on Tuesday and threatened to derail efforts to secure a ceasefire in the nine-month-old war with talks to resume in Doha on Wednesday.

The airstrike hit the tents of displaced families outside a school in the town of Abassan east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza, killing at least 29 people, most of them women and children, Palestinian medical officials said.

On Wednesday, Israeli forces deepened their incursion into two Gaza City districts. Soldiers carried out house-to-house searches in some areas and tanks shelled several homes, according to residents.

Israeli forces patrolled the main road to the coast, snipers commandeered rooftops of some high-rise buildings still standing and tanks were stationed inside the headquarters of the UN Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA, residents said.

The Israeli military said in a statement its forces were continuing operations in Gaza City against militants of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, who they said had operated from inside the UNRWA facilities, using it as a base for attacks.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said it had received dozens of desperate calls from residents in Gaza City trapped in their homes but their teams were unable to reach them because of the intensity of the bombing.
The armed wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad said fighters fought with Israeli forces operating in the area with anti-tank rockets and mortar bombs, and sometimes in close-range combat.

In the central Gaza camp of Al-Nuseirat, medics said six Palestinians, including children, were killed in an airstrike on a house early on Wednesday, while another airstrike killed two people and wounded several others in Khan Younis.



Palestinians Say Israeli Troops Kill Two in West Bank Raids

Palestinian mourners carry the body of Ahmad Aslan, killed during an Israeli military raid in the Qalandia refugee camp, in the occupied West Bank, on July 24, 2024 at a hospital in Ramallah. (Photo by Zain JAAFAR / AFP)
Palestinian mourners carry the body of Ahmad Aslan, killed during an Israeli military raid in the Qalandia refugee camp, in the occupied West Bank, on July 24, 2024 at a hospital in Ramallah. (Photo by Zain JAAFAR / AFP)
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Palestinians Say Israeli Troops Kill Two in West Bank Raids

Palestinian mourners carry the body of Ahmad Aslan, killed during an Israeli military raid in the Qalandia refugee camp, in the occupied West Bank, on July 24, 2024 at a hospital in Ramallah. (Photo by Zain JAAFAR / AFP)
Palestinian mourners carry the body of Ahmad Aslan, killed during an Israeli military raid in the Qalandia refugee camp, in the occupied West Bank, on July 24, 2024 at a hospital in Ramallah. (Photo by Zain JAAFAR / AFP)

Palestinian officials said Israeli troops killed two men, including a customs officer, in separate raids in the West Bank on Wednesday, the latest violence to rock the occupied Palestinian territory.

The raids were carried out before dawn in Qalandiya refugee camp and the town of Tubas, residents and officials said.

When contacted by AFP, the Israeli military said it was "looking into" reports of the two deaths.

Palestinian sources identified the men killed as Ahmad Nidal Aslan, 19, from Qalandiya, and Abdul Nasser Muhannad Sarhan, 23, from Tubas.

Residents of Qalandiya said Aslan was killed when Israeli forces shot him after they entered the town to demolish the home of Mohammad Manasra, accused by Israel of carrying out a deadly attack on a West Bank settlement in February.

Clashes erupted after the troops blew up the second floor of the building. Six men were wounded, they added.

"At dawn, the occupation soldiers fired two bullets at Ahmad. He was taken to hospital where he died," a resident told AFP, declining to be identified for safety reasons.

Further north in Tubas, the Palestinian health ministry said Israeli troops shot dead Sarhan and wounded two others.

"The Israeli army raided the town of Tubas at dawn and arrested two young men," a resident of the town told AFP, also declining to be identified.

"As they were leaving, they fired at Sarhan and another young man."

The Palestinian customs authority said Sarhan was one of its officers.

The health ministry said the death toll from an Israeli raid on the town of Tulkarem on Tuesday had risen to six after a Palestinian shot by troops died of his wounds.