Two die, 6 injured in Israeli attack on doctors without borders shelter in Gaza

Jerusalem, Feb 21 (UNI) At least two people died and six wounded in an Israeli attack on a Gaza shelter housing Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF) staff and their families, the organisation said on Wednesday.

“Tonight Israeli forces conducted an operation in Al Mawasi, Khan Younis, #Gaza, where a shelter hosting MSF staff and their families was shelled. While details are still emerging, ambulance crews have now reached the site, where at least two family members of our colleagues have been killed and six people wounded. We are horrified by what has taken place,” the organisation wrote on X.

In early January, the MSF said its shelter in Khan Yunis, housing more than 100 staff and their families, was hit by an airstrike, injuring four people.

On October 7, 2023, the Palestinian movement Hamas launched a large-scale rocket attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip and breached the border, killing 1,200 people and abducting around 240 others.

Israel launched retaliatory strikes, ordered a complete blockade of Gaza, and started a ground incursion into the Palestinian enclave with the declared goal of eliminating Hamas fighters and rescuing the hostages.

At least 29,000 people have been killed so far in the Gaza Strip, local authorities said.

On November 24, Qatar mediated a deal between Israel and Hamas on a temporary truce and the exchange of some of the prisoners and hostages, as well as the delivery of humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip.

The ceasefire was extended several times and expired on December 1.

More than 100 hostages are still believed to be held by Hamas in Gaza.

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