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War on Gaza: Israeli attack hits Unrwa aid centre

Meanwhile, Lebanon threatens to sue the UK's Telegraph over claims Hezbollah stored weapons at Beirut airport
Palestinians carry a casualty outside a Unrwa headquarter following an Israeli strike on 23 June 2024 (Reuters/Mahmoud Issa)
Palestinians carry a casualty outside a Unrwa centre following an Israeli strike on 23 June 2024 (Reuters/Mahmoud Issa)

Israeli forces hit an aid centre for the UN's Palestinian refugee agency (Unrwa) in Gaza, killing at least eight people.

Several others were injured, including women and children, and taken to the al-Ahli hospital for treatment.

Palestinian witnesses say the centre was used for aid distribution, according to Reuters.

"Some people were coming to receive coupons and others had been displaced from their houses and they were sheltering here," Mohammed Tafesh, one of the witnesses, told Reuters.

"Some were filling up water, others were receiving coupons, and suddenly we heard something falling.

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"We ran away, those who were carrying water let it spill ...we pulled out martyrs [from beneath the rubble], one who used to sell cold drinks and another who used to sell pastries and others who distributed or received coupons.

"There are about four or five martyrs and 10 injured. Thank God, the condition of the injured is good."

Unrwa has already lost 193 of its team members since the beginning of fighting on 7 October.

Meanwhile, Jordan reportedly sent 70 aid trucks to northern Gaza, where fear of famine keeps rising as two more children died of malnutrition in the Kamal Adwan Hospital, bringing this week's malnutrition death toll there to six.

Israeli forces approach Mawasi

Intense fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups is still continuing in southern Gaza.

Hamas's Qassam Brigades says its fighters, alongside the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, shelled an area where Israeli soldiers and military vehicles were stationed near the Yibna refugee camp in Rafah.

Residents in the Mawasi displaced persons's camp by the coast say they have seen Israeli tanks advance to the edge of the camp, which Israel had previously designated as a humanitarian zone for Palestinians to go to.

Some people in Mawasi have now fled to Khan Younis as the Israeli army approaches the displacement camp.

Lebanon denies Hezbollah stores weapons at airport

A report by British newspaper the Telegraph claimed on Sunday that Lebanese armed group Hezbollah was storing Iranian weapons in Beirut's international airport, citing airport whistle-blowers.

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Lebanese officials were quick to reject those claims, with a high-ranking source at the airport telling Lebanese outlet l’Orient Today that Hezbollah "definitely does not store weapons or missiles at Beirut international airport".

Lebanon's Public Works Minister Ali Hamieh said in a press conference that his government will sue the Telegraph over the claim, which "seeks to defame" the airport.

"Not a thing written by the Telegraph [in the article] is correct," he added.

The minister said he contacted the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as the Telegraph quoted an anonymous employee in their piece.

Reading its response out loud, he said: "This quote is completely false and misattributed and IATA has not made and will not make any comment on the situation at Beirut's airport."

Hamieh then invited ambassadors and journalists to a field tour of the airport's facilities on Monday morning.

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