State media: 33 martyrs in 5 days, a third of them women and children

State media: 33 martyrs in 5 days, a third of them women and children
State media: 33 martyrs in 5 days, a third of them women and children

Gaza – Follow Safa

The head of the government media office, Salama Maarouf, announced today, Saturday, that in the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, until its fifth day, 33 martyrs have died, 30% of whom are women and children, and 147 civilians, 60% of whom are women and children, have been injured.

Maarouf said during a press conference held at Al-Shifa Medical Complex in the center of Gaza City today, Saturday, that the number of martyrs and injuries indicates the nature of the “bank of goals” that the occupation leaders are talking about, denouncing what he called “a state of submission that characterizes the performance of the international community towards the crimes of the occupation.”

He stated that the occupation destroyed 15 houses, with a total of 51 housing units, completely demolished, and 940 housing units were damaged, of which 49 housing units were unfit for habitation, pointing out that the preliminary estimates of the losses amounted to nearly 5 million dollars.

Maarouf also indicated that the agricultural sector was subjected to direct losses and damages exceeding $3 million as a result of the ban on exporting more than 1,000 tons of agricultural products, the fishing sector was halted, and damage was caused to large agricultural areas and farms for citizens.

He pointed out that government institutions and emergency field teams continued to perform their duty towards our people, as the Ministry of Social Development provided urgent relief and cash assistance to nearly 100 families who lost their homes, and worked to provide rent allowance and temporary housing for these families.

Maarouf pointed out that the national number 109 received more than 5020 calls over the past days, and they were transferred to the competent authorities for follow-up and necessary action, noting that the Civil Defense carried out 40 field work missions during the past 24 hours.

He stated that consumer protection teams conducted 20 follow-up field tours, during which they visited 282 points of sale, and issued 7 violations related to attempts to manipulate prices or monopolize.

Maarouf also explained that the emergency teams in the municipalities dealt with 88 work missions in various governorates as a result of the bombing, while the Electricity Company teams carried out 71 field work missions to connect lines and treat damaged columns as a result of the occupation raids.

He stressed that the occupation practices a crime of collective punishment against 2.300 million citizens. He made them hostages by closing the crossings and preventing the entry of necessities, goods, and medicines, adding, “For the fifth day, the occupation prevents the exit of patients who have referrals to complete treatment in West Bank hospitals, and prevents foreign press crews from entering the Strip.”

He noted that the occupation is preventing the supply of fuel to the only power station in the sector, in which the fuel for the generators will run out within a period not exceeding 48 hours, and today a press conference will be held for the Energy Authority to talk about this matter and its repercussions on the service sectors and the humanitarian reality.

Maarouf stated that the occupation carried out many barbaric attacks against our people during the past hours, adding, “Perhaps one of them was what happened in the vicinity of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital when the occupation planes raided a house near the hospital, which led to damage to the intensive care and operations departments; and had it not been for God’s providence, it would have occurred.” Injuries among patients and medical staff in the hospital.

He denounced the occupation’s attempts to evade its crimes committed against our people, especially unarmed civilians who are safe in their homes, and its malicious exploitation of a report issued by a local institution that has no jurisdiction.

He added, “It did not rely on technical reports from the technical authorities. Likewise, its report is unprofessional and lacks the technical opinion of the specialists, in addition to being limited to patriotism.”

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