Gaza Crisis: Israel's Assaults On Refugee Camp Kill More Than 195 People

United Nations human rights officials said strikes on the camp could be a war crime.

Gaza Crisis: Israel's Assaults On Refugee Camp Kill More Than 195 People

More foreigners were getting ready to evacuate the constricted Gaza Strip on Thursday as the Hamas-run administration of the enclave reported that Israel had attacked the Jabalia refugee camp, killing at least 195 Palestinians.

As part of an agreement between Israel, Egypt, and Hamas, at least 320 foreign nationals on a first list of 500, together with other Gazans with serious injuries, entered Egypt on Wednesday.

Those in the evacuation included passport holders from Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

In order to allow more foreigners to leave, border officials in Gaza announced that the crossing would reopen on Thursday. According to a diplomatic source, 7,500 people with foreign passports will depart Gaza over the course of two weeks.

In an effort to destroy the Islamist organization following its cross-border incursion into southern Israel on October 7, Israel has launched air, sea, and land bombs on Gaza. Israel said that Hamas had kidnapped more than 200 captives and killed 1,400 people, the majority of them civilians.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said that loud explosions were heard in the early hours of Thursday near the heavily crowded al-Quds hospital in Gaza City. The hospital was earlier warned by Israeli authorities to leave right now, but U.N. officials have stated that this is not possible without putting patients at risk.

Two Hamas military leaders were slain by Israel's attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday in Jabalia, the largest refugee camp in Gaza. According to Israel, the organization purposefully put Gazan residents at risk by having command centers and other "terror infrastructure under, around, and within civilian buildings."

At least 195 Palestinians were killed in the two Israeli assaults on Jabalia, according to the government media office in Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas. Another 120 are still missing beneath the debris. It said in a statement that there were at least 777 additional injuries.

According to UN human rights authorities, attacking the camp might be considered a war crime.

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights posted on social networking site X, saying, "We have serious concerns that these are disproportionate attacks that could amount to war crimes, given the high number of civilian casualties and the scale of destruction following Israeli air strikes on Jabalia refugee camp."