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Huge plumes of smoke seen over Gaza as Israel bombards besieged enclave

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Huge plumes of smoke were seen over Gaza's skyline early Wednesday as Israel carried out bombardments in the region.
Various explosions and flares could be seen overnight from southern Israel looking onto the Gaza Strip.

The latest round of strikes came as the Israeli military announced that its forces had entered Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital on Wednesday morning.

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The army said its forces were carrying out “a precise and targeted operation against Hamas in a specified area” in the hospital.

It gave no further details but said it was taking steps to avoid harm to civilians.

The United Nations estimates that at least 2,300 patients, staff and displaced civilians are trapped inside the facility with no food, water, or medicine.

Hamas and doctors at the territory’s largest hospital have repeatedly denied Israel’s claims that the militant group has buried an operational center under the hospital.

Israel uses the claims as a pretext for its continued bombardment of hospitals, schools, and other buildings were hundreds of thousands of civilians have sought shelter, international human rights organization have said.

Israeli defense officials also announced that they had agreed to allow fuel shipments into the Gaza Strip for humanitarian operations after several newborns in incubators and critically ill patients died after generators in the enclave stopped working following Israel’s complete siege.

Israel has killed more than 11,000 Palestinians, two-thirds of them women and minors, according to the Health Ministry in Gaza. About 2,700 people have been reported missing.

Over 28,000 others have been injured.

(With The Associated Press)

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