GAZA CITY, April 24 – The Israeli army’s devastating onslaught against the Gaza Strip entered its 200th day Tuesday amid plans by Israel to attack the city of Rafah, in southern Gaza, which is home to nearly 1.4 million displaced Palestinians.

Since October last year, the Israeli army has killed 34,183 Palestinians and injured over 77,000 others, mostly children and women, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

According to the Gaza-based Government Media Office, the Israeli army committed 3,021 massacres against families across the Gaza Strip since the start of the Israeli war.

It added that at least 485 medical staff, 66 civil defence personnel, 140 journalists, and 224 relief workers were among the Palestinian victims.

Over 7,000 Palestinians remain missing under the rubble of the destroyed homes across the Palestinian enclave, the office said.

More than two million Palestinians suffer from catastrophic living and health conditions, especially for those living in shelter centres, according to United Nations reports.

The Gaza Strip was turned into a vast destroyed area due to the Israeli bombardment which never stopped for 200 days.

According to satellite images by the New York University, more than 56 per cent of Gaza buildings have been either destroyed or damaged in addition to the infrastructure.

The Palestinian official figures estimate that 60 per cent of the residential homes across Gaza and over 80 per cent of commercial facilities were damaged.

The Government Media Office said the Israeli army fired nearly 75,000 tonnes of explosives across the Gaza Strip that left an unprecedented scale of destruction in the tiny enclave.

It added that 86,000 house units were completely destroyed, and 309,000 others were partially damaged but still uninhabitable.

Israel has waged a deadly military offensive on the Gaza Strip since Oct 7, 2023. 


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