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WATCH: Horrific drone footage appears as Israel strikes Hamas stronghold in Gaza's Rimal region

As the war entered the fourth day on Wednesday, the drone footage of both sides showed horrific and grave human rights situations in the conflict zone. According to the official figures, more than 3,000 have been killed but the local media reports claim that the toll is much higher.

Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 Gaza City Updated on: October 11, 2023 11:38 IST
Aeriel view of the residential area in Gaza city.
Image Source : AP Aeriel view of the residential area in Gaza city.

As the war escalated further on the fourth day, Collapsed buildings, mangled infrastructure, and streets turned into fields of rubble. Scenes of violence and destruction in the long-blockaded Gaza Strip have filled the world's airwaves throughout four wars and countless rounds of hostilities between Israel and Hamas militants. But this conflict, Palestinians say, is different.

On Tuesday, following a night of intense bombardment, residents were struggling to grasp the sheer scale of damage inflicted on Gaza City's upscale Rimal neighbourhood, with its shopping malls, restaurants, residential buildings and offices belonging to aid groups and international media far from the territory's hard-hit border towns and impoverished refugee camps.

Mosques and university buildings blown

Israel has hit Rimal, also home to Hamas government ministries, in the 2021 war, but never like this. Israeli bombs blew out walls and ripped off roofs of upper-class apartment towers. They toppled trees that had lined the sidewalks. They uprooted streets that had teemed with businessmen hustling to work and vendors hawking roasted nuts.

They levelled mosques and university buildings and wrecked high-rise offices of companies and organizations like Gaza's main telecommunications company and Bar Association.

Among those broad boulevards full of beauty salons, falafel shops and pizzerias beat the heart of Gaza City. For many, the magnitude of the devastation there, affecting the territory's middle and upper classes, had symbolic significance.

“Israel has destroyed the centre of everything," said Palestinian businessman Ali al-Hiyak from his home near Rimal. “That is the space of our public life, our community.” “They are breaking us,” he added.

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Over 1,100 killed in Israel

After Gaza's Hamas rulers mounted the deadliest attack on Israel in decades, killing over 1,000 people and taking dozens hostage in a multi-pronged offensive, Israel unleashed what Gaza residents described as the most intense bombing campaign in recent memory, with hundreds of airstrikes Monday night.

“These sounds are different,” 30-year-old Saman Ashour in Gaza City texted as she lay awake in a neighbourhood north of Rimal, listening to the roar of explosions. “It's the sound of revenge.”

Residents said the Israeli military struck some buildings without first firing warning missiles as a precaution. The civilian death toll has been rapidly rising. Overall, Gaza health officials have reported the airstrikes have killed over 800 people and wounded thousands more. Israel has also cut off Gaza's water supplies and electricity, worsening the territory's already abysmal humanitarian conditions.

The Israeli military's Arabic spokesperson, Avichay Adraee, said that Israel was trying to “evacuate civilian populations from areas where Hamas has a military presence” before unleashing “powerful destruction."

That tactic is evident from staggering drone footage that shows vast swaths of central Gaza City reduced to nothing but dirt craters and ruins from demolished buildings.

(With inputs from AP)

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