The Health Ministry in Gaza, which is governed by Hamas, reported that a United Nations school that was housing displaced Palestinians was hit by an Israeli attack on Saturday, resulting in the deaths of at least 15 people. Over the course of four weeks of war, approximately 1.4 million individuals, out of Gaza’s total population of 2.4 million, have been forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in crowded schools and hospitals.
The Health Ministry also revealed that the number of casualties in Gaza has risen to 9,488 since Israel began its airstrikes on October 7. The majority of those killed were identified as civilians.
The strikes were launched as a response to attacks on Israel by Hamas militants on the same day. Israeli officials claim that around 1,400 people, mostly civilians, were killed in these attacks and have pledged to wipe out Hamas.
During a press conference, Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra reported that the Israeli occupation’s assault on the Al-Fakhura school resulted in the deaths of 15 people and injuries to 70 others.
The United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees confirmed that their school was being used as a shelter for displaced families. They stated that one strike hit the schoolyard, where tents were set up for the displaced families, and another strike hit inside the school where women were baking bread.
Meanwhile, Nigerian Muslim scholars who gathered in Kaduna on Saturday strongly condemned the ongoing war between Israel and Palestine, considering it a grave violation of humanity committed by the Israeli forces.
According to Muslim scholars Prof. Abdullahi Danladi and Prof. Isa Hassan, the war between Israel and Palestine does not stem from religious conflicts. In their respective presentation at a conference on ‘Media Manipulation and Israeli War against Palestinians’ held at Arewa House in Kaduna, they discussed the historical background of Gaza and the West Bank. They argued that the Palestinians were the original inhabitants of these areas, predating the invasion and annexation by the Israelites.