Israel’s air strikes on Gaza wiped out entire Palestinian families: Prime Minister

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Israel has wiped out entire Palestinian families during its bombardments of the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian prime minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said in a televised statement on Monday.

Thousands of Gazans have died and many others were forced to flee their homes as Israeli warplanes bombarded neighborhood after neighborhood in the besieged enclave, he said.

At least 2,750 Palestinians have been killed and 9,700 others were wounded in Israeli air strikes on Gaza since October 7, the Palestinian health ministry said on Monday, as Israel prepared to launch a ground invasion.

Israeli forces, supported by a growing deployment of US warships in the region and the call-up of some 360,000 reservists, have also positioned themselves along Gaza’s border and begun drills for what Israel said would be a broad campaign to dismantle militant group Hamas, the Associated Press reported.

Israeli officials have given no timetable for a ground incursion that aid groups warn could hasten a humanitarian crisis in the coastal Gaza enclave.

The situation in Gaza could lead to another “Nakba” scenario, the prime minister says, adding that a mass genocide was taking place.

He called on the international community to explicitly condemn Israel’s war on Gaza, saying that the ongoing siege had displaced thousands.

The prime minister also confirmed that he was in discussion with humanitarian organizations to enable the delivery of medical and humanitarian aid to Gazans.

More than 100 trucks carrying humanitarian aid were awaiting entry at the Rafah border crossing on Monday following reports that a truce between Israel, Egypt, and the United Nations would be under way shortly.

However, Hamas official Izzat El Reshiq told Reuters on Monday that there was no truth to reports about the opening of the Rafah border crossing with Egypt or a temporary ceasefire.

Israel also issued a statement denying that a truce was under way in southern Gaza, half an hour after security sources in neighboring Egypt said such a deal was due to be implemented.

(With Agencies)

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