76 Members of a Family Are Killed by Airstrike

Aid workers say UN resolution isn't of use without a cease-fire
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2023 5:25 PM CST
76 Members of a Family Are Killed by Airstrike
Israeli army vehicles and soldiers are seen near the Gaza Strip border, in southern Israel, on Saturday.   (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

An Israeli attack on Gaza killed dozens of people in an extended family, rescue officials said Saturday, as aid workers criticized a newly passed UN resolution and President Biden had a long talk with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In addition, a Washington Post analysis assessed the historic level of destruction in the Gaza Strip. Developments in the Israeli-Hamas war include:

  • Family deaths: In one of the deadliest attacks of the war so far, Israeli airstrikes leveled two Gaza homes on Friday, the AP reports. At one of them, in Gaza City, 76 members of the al-Mughrabi family were killed. The victims included Issam al-Mughrabi, who worked for the UN Development Program, his wife, and their five children. Hospital officials said an airstrike on the home of a local TV journalist killed Mohammed Khalifa and at least 14 other people in a refugee camp. "The UN and civilians in Gaza are not a target," said Achim Steiner, head of the agency. "This war must end."
  • Israel's offensive: Examining satellite images and UN assessments, in addition to interviewing aid workers and military experts, the Post found the damage caused by the Israeli offensive in Gaza has exceeded that of any recent warfare. "I haven't passed one street where I didn't see destruction of civilian infrastructure, including hospitals," said Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The death toll is more than 20,000, the Post reports, including at least 7,700 children. The report can be found here.
  • Resolution reaction: Aid workers, some of them from the UN, said Saturday that without a cease-fire, the resolution passed by the UN Security Council will not do enough to ease the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. While the region is under attack, relief workers can't reach the areas that need the increased assistance called for in the resolution, per the New York Times. "Right now, we cannot deploy humanitarian aid. It's impossible," said Guillemette Thomas of Doctors Without Borders. "People need to be able to get food and water without the fear of being bombed or killed or shot at any moment."
  • US-Israel chat: Biden described his conversation Saturday with Netanyahu as long and private, per the AP. "I did not ask for a cease-fire," Biden said. And Netanyahu's office said the prime minister again "made clear that Israel would continue the war until achieving all its goals."
(More Israel-Hamas war stories.)

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