Jerusalem, July 10 (EFE).- The Israeli military confirmed on Wednesday that it had carried out an attack the day before in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, killing at least 25 people and wounding more than 50 in a nearby school that was being used as a shelter for displaced people, Palestinian sources said.

Using precision munitions, the Israeli Air Force targeted a “terrorist” from the military wing of Hamas who took part in the brutal October 7 massacre in southern Israel, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) said in a statement.

According to the Israeli military, civilian casualties are being investigated at the al-Awdah school in eastern Khan Younis, near the site of the attack.

The Health Ministry in Gaza, which is controlled by the Islamist group Hamas, reported on Wednesday that 25 people were killed and 53 wounded in the attack on displaced people at the al-Awdah school in the Abasan neighborhood.

The Hamas government had put the death toll at 29 on Tuesday, saying most of the victims were women and children.

Nine-year-old Palestinian child Younis Jumaa, who suffers from malnutrition, lies on the ground on a blanket at Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip, July 8, 2024. EFE-EPA/HAITHAM IMAD

Many people displaced by the ground invasion of Rafah, the southernmost city of the Gaza Strip, sought shelter in Khan Younis.

Israel began the ground invasion of Rafah in May and has continued the operation since then.

The war in Gaza broke out on October 7, 2023, after Hamas attacked Israel, killing approximately 1,200 people and taking 252 hostage.

Since then, Israeli strikes have killed 38,243 people in the Gaza Strip, injured 88,033 and left thousands missing under the rubble.

In addition, there are approximately two million internally displaced people struggling to survive amid famine, destruction and shortages of water, fuel and medical supplies. EFE