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War on Gaza: At least nine killed in Israeli strike on aid truck

Attack on aid truck comes days after more than 100 people were killed while seeking aid in Gaza City
A Palestinian woman reacts in front of the Abu Anza family home destroyed in an overnight Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on 3 March 2024 (Said Khatib/AFP)

An Israeli air strike on an aid truck in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza, killed at least nine people and injured several others on Sunday, Palestine's Wafa news agency reported.

Al Jazeera said the bombing targeted "the truck belonging to a Kuwaiti association in the Al-Brook area on Al-Bahr Street".

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Hamas said the attack indicated that "the occupation's continued targeting of aid convoys expresses an unprecedented level of criminality and brutality in contemporary history".

The attack comes a few days after another Israeli attack on aid seekers killed more than a hundred people in Gaza City.

Residents had gathered seeking food on 29 February from an aid convoy, with the area completely cut off by Israeli forces.

The military claims it did not strike the convoy and that most deaths were due to a stampede.

These findings contradict the words of Palestinian officials and eyewitnesses, who said people were indiscriminately shot at by Israeli forces while waiting for food aid in Gaza City.

Israeli military spokesperson Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari said the army only fired shots to disperse the stampede after their forces were retreating.

The UN said a large number of people being treated in Gaza City's al-Shifa Hospital had gunshot wounds, while media outlets that investigated the video of the convoy initially released by the Israeli army found that it was "not one single sequence" and had been "edited into four sections".

The aid convoy incident killed at 118 people and injured hundreds, according to Gaza's health ministry.

On Sunday, the health ministry in Gaza said at least 90 Palestinians had been killed in the past 24 hours, including 14 family members whose house in the southern Rafah refugee camp had been struck.

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