10 relatives of Kurdistan 24's Gaza correspondent killed by Israeli bombing
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – According to Kurdistan 24's Gaza correspondent Baha Al-Tabbasi, ten members of his family were killed and several others were injured when the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) bombed the Tal as-Sultan refugee camp in Rafah city.
All 10 of the deceased were cousins of al-Tolbasi.
Gaza health officials report that 4,651 Palestinians have been killed, while 14,245 others have been injured during the over two-week Israeli campaign against the Gaza Strip.
Gaza health officials say 70 percent of the enclave’s victims are women and children.
Hamas launched its ambush attack, known as Operation Al-Aqsa Storm, on Oct. 7 along with thousands of rockets fired towards Israel. They then led a ground assault in the southern Israeli city of Re’im, where they brutally massacred Israeli civilians at the Nova Festival.
The militants later traveled to surrounding Kibbutz communities, where they went house to house, pulling civilians from their beds before murdering them. In an utter act of malice, a few of the militants displayed the bodies of the deceased online from the victims's personal social media accounts.
During the encounter, Hamas kidnapped more than 200 hostages, who were then taken to Gaza.
Oct. 7 has been referred to as the largest mass killing of Jews since the Holocaust, according to Israeli authorities.
Over 1,400 Israeli soldiers and civilians have been killed, the overwhelming majority of which lost their lives on Oct. 7, or after later succumbing to their injuries from that day. Another 3,000 Israelis have been injured, according to Israeli media reports.
The operation's namesake is a reference to the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, where Palestinians allege they have continuously been harassed and assaulted by Israeli security forces, preventing them from performing their prayers and religious duties.