Death toll from Israeli strikes rises to 44, including 15 children

Gaza death toll from Israeli airstrikes has risen to at least 44 since Friday, with hundreds more injured counted. On Monday, the Israeli authorities and the Islamic Jihad entered into a truce.

After Israeli attacks targeting the Palestinian enclave of Gaza and the response of Islamic Jihad, Israeli forces pounded the Gaza Strip destroying several buildings and killing civilians.

The situation deteriorated sharply this weekend, causing international condemnations to rise. Morocco reacted in a press release from the department of the head of diplomacy, Nasser Bourita.

“Morocco is following with deep concern the serious deterioration of the situation in the Gaza Strip, due to the return of acts of violence and fighting, which have caused human losses and material damage,” the statement said, recalling that King Mohammed VI chairs the Al-Quds Committee, and the Kingdom “calls for further escalation to be avoided and for calm to be restored so that the situation does not degenerate” and compromise “the chances of peace”.

The Israeli military operation killed 44 Palestinians, including 15 children, and injured 360, according to figures released by Hamas’ Health Ministry.

On Sunday, 17 Palestinians, including 9 children, were killed in Israeli raids, particularly on Jabaliya, Gaza City and Rafah, while entire buildings were destroyed by Israeli strikes.

For their part, 3 people have been injured in Israel by rocket fire since Friday, according to Israeli rescue workers.

The Israeli army presented its operation launched on Friday as a “preventive attack” against Islamic Jihad. The army killed the main military leaders of this group in Gaza, Tayssir Al-Jabari and Khaled Mansour, as well as several of their fighters.

On Monday, as the truce came into effect, the Kerem Shalom goods crossing point in southern Gaza recovered due to the deteriorating humanitarian situation. Fuel trucks drove in on Monday, after Gaza’s only power plant was shut down on Saturday due to a fuel shortage.

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