Israeli airstrikes on Saturday have resulted in the deaths of over 80 people in a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Gaza, raising concerns about the safety of civilians seeking refuge. The airstrikes targeted crowded UN shelters in the Jabalia refugee camp, killing at least 50 people in a UN-run school and 32 members of a single family. Photos outside an Indonesian hospital showed over 20 bodies wrapped in bloodstained sheets. The largest hospital in north Gaza, al-Shifa, has been nearly emptied of patients and medical staff due to the ongoing bombings.
Fears are growing for the safety of the hundreds of thousands of civilians who have sought refuge in southern Gaza, as Israeli plans to expand their operations continue. The Israeli military had urged residents of Jabalia to leave the area in a social media post in Arabic, but declined to comment on the strikes. The UN condemned the deaths, emphasizing that shelters are meant to provide safety for civilians. UN officials called on Israel to end the violence against innocent civilians.
The situation in Gaza has been dire for weeks, with Israel urging civilians to head south to protect themselves. However, nowhere in Gaza is deemed safe for civilians, as innocent lives continue to be lost in the ongoing conflict.