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More Than 100 Palestinians Killed At Gaza Aid Drop

Source: Google

More Than 100 Palestinians Killed At Gaza Aid Drop
Source: Google

According to reports, more than 112 Palestinians have been killed and over 760 people injured at Gaza aid drop.

Hundreds of Palestinians descended on a convoy of lorries on the coastal road south-west of Gaza City, in the presence of Israeli tanks.

According to Israel's military, they fired warning shots but did not strike the lorries, adding many of the dead were trampled or run over.

However, Hamas immediately rejected Israel's statement claiming that there was "undeniable evidence" of directing shots at its people.

The UN Security Council scheduled a closed-door emergency meeting to discuss the incident, Israel was blatantly blamed for opening fire at the people.

According to AP News, While 14 of the council's 15 members supported the motion, the US wasn't in support of it, citing Palestinian UN ambassador Riyad Mansour, who spoke to reporters afterward. US envoy Robert Wood said the facts of the incident remained unclear.

Antonio Guterres UN Secretary General, wasn't also in support of Israel's action as he heavily condemned the Middle Eastern nation, saying "the desperate civilians in Gaza need urgent help, including those in the north where the UN has not been able to deliver aid in more than a week".

The president of France Emmanuel Macron said "fire by Israeli soldiers against civilians trying to access food" was "unjustifiable".

Hamas has however threatened that talks to a ceasefire and release of the held hostages could now be jeopardized,

In footage released by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), hundreds of people were seen rushing to the aid lorries which caused a lot of casualties and deaths as people who fell were being run over and without help.

According to the IDF,

A convoy of 30 lorries carrying Egyptian aid was making its way north, along what the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) described as a "humanitarian corridor" when it was surrounded by civilians, with people climbing onto the trucks.

"Some began violently pushing and even trampling other Gazans to death, looting the humanitarian supplies," said the IDF's chief spokesman, Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari. "The unfortunate incident resulted in dozens of Gazans killed and injured."

According to him, Israeli tanks "cautiously tried to disperse the mob with a few warning shots" but pulled back "when the hundreds became thousands and things got out of hand".

"No IDF strike was conducted towards the aid convoy," he said, insisting the Israeli military had been trying to help the aid convoy reach its destination.

According to an eyewitness, many of the people confirmed dead were run over.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, a rival of Hamas based in the occupied West Bank, accused Israeli forces of a "heinous massacre".

Also, a spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he condemned the incident and called again for an "immediate humanitarian ceasefire and the unconditional release of all hostages".

Northern Gaza suffered a deadly attack as the North of Gaza was Israel's main point of focus carrying their devastating ground attack and now have no access to Humanitarian aid and support.

The World Food Programme released a statement after halting humanitarian services to the people of Gaza

saying it had been forced to suspend aid deliveries to the area after its first convoy in three weeks had been surrounded by crowds of hungry people close to an Israeli checkpoint and had also experienced gunfire in Gaza City.

According to a senior UN aid official, at least 576,000 people across the Gaza Strip, one-quarter of the population faced catastrophic levels of food insecurity, and one in six children under the age of two in the north were suffering from acute malnutrition and wasting.

Hamas-run health ministry agency confirmed that ten children died from dehydration and malnutrition at hospitals in northern Gaza in recent days.