At least 50 people were killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, according to the director of a local hospital who spoke to Al-Jazeera.
Israel's military confirmed that it had bombed the refugee camp, stating that the attack was aimed at a Hamas commander.
The human toll
The Health Ministry in the Hamas-controlled area reported that in addition to the 50 killed, there were also 150 wounded.
An unknown number of people are still buried under the rubble.
These numbers have not been independently verified, but a video from AFP shows at least 47 bodies being excavated from the ruins according to The Guardian.
Ragheb Aqal, a resident of the refugee camp, described the attack as an "earthquake" that shook the entire camp. "I went out and saw the destruction. Homes are buried under the rubble, and there are body parts and martyrs and wounded in large numbers," the 41-year-old Palestinian told AFP.
The attack comes in response to Hamas' attack on Israel on October 7, where over 1,400 people were killed, around 1,100 of whom were civilians, according to Israel. In the Gaza Strip, at least 8,525 people have been killed, the Health Ministry in the Hamas-controlled enclave reported earlier.