Israeli Strike on Gaza School Kills Dozens, Including Women and Children

Gaza City, Gaza Strip – A deadly Israeli strike on a school in central Gaza has resulted in the tragic loss of over 30 lives, including 23 women and children, according to health officials in the Hamas-run Palestinian territory. The strike, which occurred early Thursday, targeted a school that was sheltering displaced Palestinians. The hospital treating the victims reported receiving the bodies of at least 37 individuals, labeled as “martyrs” from the strike.

In response to the incident, Israel Defense Forces spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner stated that the IDF had been monitoring the school and identified 20-30 Hamas and affiliated militants allegedly planning and launching terror attacks in the building. Lerner emphasized that the IDF made efforts to conduct a precise attack to avoid harming civilians.

The strike took place amidst renewed talks between U.S., Qatari, and Egyptian mediators seeking a ceasefire and hostage release deal. However, the proposed ceasefire by Hamas criticized the U.S. and Israel for not laying the correct foundations for the required agreement. Hamas expressed concerns about the temporary nature of the proposed ceasefire and the conflicting statements from Israel regarding the deal.

The strike at the school is part of an intensified Israeli offensive in Gaza, targeting refugee camps where Hamas militants have reportedly regrouped. The conflict has resulted in devastating consequences, with witnesses and hospital officials describing chaotic scenes following the attack, which left multiple casualties, including children and women.

As the conflict in Gaza continues to escalate, the death toll rises, and the health system struggles to cope with the influx of wounded individuals. The situation remains dire, with hospitals facing challenges in providing adequate care to the overwhelming number of patients. International organizations have raised concerns about the impact of the ongoing violence on civilians and the urgent need for a lasting ceasefire.

The escalation of violence in Gaza highlights the urgent need for a peaceful resolution to the conflict to prevent further loss of innocent lives. The international community continues to call for an end to the hostilities and a comprehensive ceasefire agreement to bring stability and security to the region.