104 starving Palestinian civilians were massacred by gunfire

06:00 Feb 29 2024 Gaza city (غَزَّة)

Times of Gaza:

UPDATE | 104 starving Palestinian civilians were massacred by gunfire and artillery shelling this morning while attempting to secure aid for their families.
6:03 AM · Feb 29, 2024

Happening Now: In addition to the ground attack resulting in a bloody massacre of civilians looking for aid in Northern Gaza, the area is being subject to Israeli airstrikes
4:54 AM · Feb 29, 2024

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Aid boxes covered with blood of 140 Palestinians killed by lsraeli soldiers in the north of Gaza today
4:18 AM · Feb 29, 2024

More than 70 people were killed and 250 injured in the horrific massacre by the Israeli occupation that took place this morning in Northern Gaza.

Hamas Says at Least 100 Gazans Killed Waiting for Aid; Israeli Army: Most Deaths Caused by Stampede

Hamas-run Gaza health ministry spokesman said that at least 700 were wounded in the incident; The IDF claims the bulk of deaths is from overcrowding and trampling, while Hamas claims that the Israeli army fired into the crowd

The Associated Press, Jack Khoury, Reuters, and Ben Samuels for Haaretz
Feb 29, 2024

Over 100 people were killed and at least 760 were wounded while storming humanitarian aid trucks in the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday.

According to the Hamas-controlled Health Ministry in Gaza, the deaths are a result of soldiers firing into the crowd. The IDF says the bulk of deaths is a result of being trampling and overcrowding, and that shooting only occurred when its troops felt threatened.

Fares Afana, the head of the ambulance service at Kamal Adwan Hospital, said medics arriving at the scene found "dozens or hundreds" lying on the ground. He said there were not enough ambulances to collect all the dead and wounded and that some were being brought to hospitals on donkey carts.

Responding to the attack in a statement, Hamas said that the incident could lead to the failure of negotiations regarding a cease-fire and a hostage release deal.

"The negotiations conducted by the movement's leadership are not an open process at the expense of the blood of our people," it said, referring to Thursday's deaths and saying Israel would be responsible for any failure of the talks.

The IDF released details from an initial probe into the incident along with a video documenting it. According to the Israeli army, 30 aid trucks entered Gaza through the Kerem Shalom crossing early in the morning and proceeded northward. Upon reaching the junction in Gaza City, the trucks were stormed by residents, resulting in dozens being killed in the crush.

The trucks continued northward, and upon reaching the Rimal neighborhood, reports emerged of armed individuals shooting at the trucks and looting them.

At that point, according to the Israeli army, some of the crowd began to approach an IDF unit in the area, prompting soldiers to fire warning shots into the air from a distance of tens of meters before eventually aiming at the legs of those who continued to advance towards them.

An Israeli government spokesperson said the attack is "a tragedy," and echoed the army's stance, according to which most deaths were caused by the stampede around the aud trucks. "It's obviously a tragedy but we're not sure of the specifics quite yet," spokesperson Avi Hyman told reporters.

Gaza Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qidra said the incident took place at al-Nabusi roundabout west of Gaza City in the northern part of the enclave.

Medical teams were unable to cope with the volume and severity of injuries from dozens of wounded people who arrived at al-Shifa hospital, Qidra said.

The head of Kamal Adwan hospital in Gaza City, Hussam Abu Safieyah, said it had received 10 dead bodies and dozens of wounded patients from the incident west of the city.

"We don't know how many there are in other hospitals," Safieyah told Reuters by phone.

Dr. Mohammad Salha, the acting director of the Al-Awda Hospital, said it received 90 wounded and three dead, who were transferred to Kamal Adwan.

"We expect a rise in the number killed," he said. "There are many wounded still at the reception and the emergency room." According to Salha, Al-Awda is largely out of commission, with no electricity and the operating room running on battery power with only hours left. Gaza's health sector is under severe strain nearly five months into the war.

The incident in Gaza occurred within hours of USAID administrator Samantha Power's visit to the Kerem Shalom border crossing, where she implored Israel to increase the amount of aid and open additional crossings.

"It is absolutely clear that as conditions continue to deteriorate in Gaza for the Gazan people, two crossings is not enough," she said. "We are talking to Israeli officials about the need to open up far more crossings, far more passages into Gaza, so that vitally needed humanitarian assistance can be dramatically surged. This is a matter of life and death," she added.

U.S. officials noted that the incident highlights the need to get a temporary cease-fire in place as soon as possible, particularly as Ramadan begins in a week-and-a-half, given the increasingly desperate nature of the Gaza humanitarian crisis.

A U.S. National Security Council spokesperson said, "This is a serious incident, and we are looking into the reports. We mourn the loss of innocent life and recognize the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, where innocent Palestinians are just trying to feed their families. This underscores the importance of expanding and sustaining the flow of humanitarian assistance into Gaza, including through a potential temporary cease-fire. We continue to work day and night to achieve that outcome."

What We Know About the Deaths Near the Gaza Aid Convoy

By Leanne Abraham, Lazaro Gamio, Elena Shao, Aric Toler and Haley Willis for the New York Times
Feb. 29, 2024

Gazan authorities said that more than 100 people were killed and hundreds more were injured in a chaotic scene early Thursday morning in Gaza City, where a crowd gathered around a convoy of trucks carrying desperately needed aid and the Israeli military opened fire.

Drone footage released by the Israeli military shows hundreds of people circling around the trucks along the Al-Rashid coastal road, and a video posted on social media includes audio of shots fired near civilians.

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A Gazan doctor said that he saw dozens of dead and injured people with gunshot wounds lying in the street, as well as the bodies of people who appeared to have been trampled or hit by aid trucks.

The Israeli military claimed that the drone video it released showed a mass stampede in which Gazans are trampled, but the quality and the length of the clips makes it difficult to confirm these claims, adding confusion to the sequence of events that led to the deaths.

The video, which does not include audio, was edited by the Israeli military with multiple clips spliced together, leaving out a key moment before many in the crowd begin running away from the trucks, with some people crawling behind walls, appearing to take cover.

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