Israel stages massacre in Gaza’s eastern Shejaiya district
Dozens of people have lost their lives and several others injured in Israel’s heavy shelling of Gaza’s eastern Shejaiya district.
This comes as Israeli tanks and artillery continue to shell northern and eastern Gaza, while fighter jets keep pounding other positions in the densely-populated region.
Initial reports say at least 50 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in Israeli bombardment on the eastern part of the besieged enclave over the past few hours.
Sources say a Palestinian cameraman and a paramedic were among the victims.
Witnesses say bodies of Palestinian women and children lie on the ground after Israel assaults the Shejaiya neighborhood in Gaza, forcing thousands of panicked civilians to flee.
The death toll is expected to rise as a large number of injured are lying on the streets. The Israeli army has reportedly prevented ambulances and emergency services from reaching the area.
The bloodshed continues in the besieged Gaza Strip for the 13th straight day as there is no let-up to the Israeli onslaught on the coastal enclave.
Medics say the overall Palestinian death toll has now soared to at least 410. The figure jumped high following a massive Israeli assault on Shejaiya district and its surroundings.
Israeli warplanes and soldiers backed by tanks intensified its aerial and ground operations. More than 3,000 Palestinians have also been wounded since July 8.
Medics are now warning of a serious humanitarian crisis in Gaza as hospitals are running out of basic medical supplies.
Medical officials in Gaza have told a Press TV correspondent that many of those wounded have lost their lives in hospital due to a lack of medical supplies.
The impoverished territory has been under a crippling Israeli blockade since 2007.