Al-Shifa Hospital Director Confirms Deaths After Al-Buraq School Attack.

At least 25 people were killed in Israeli attacks on a school in Gaza City, said the director of Al-Shifa Hospital, where the victims were taken.

“We received 25 martyrs from Al-Buraq School after rocket and artillery attacks on the school this morning,” director Mohammad Abu Salmiya of Gaza’s largest hospital complex told Al Jazeera on Friday.

While the Reuters news agency reported that at least 20 Palestinians had been killed, the AFP news agency put the number at around 50 people.

Video footage shared on social media showed dozens of bodies scattered at the school in the Al-Nasr district after the attack. People whose homes had been destroyed sought refuge in the school.

The Israeli army has intensified its bombardment of the Gaza Strip, repeatedly targeting schools, mosques and hospitals.

Last week, an Israeli air missile hit the United Nations Palestinian Refugee Organization (UNRWA) Al-Fakhoora school in Jabalia refugee camp, killing at least 15 people and wounding 54, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

Thousands of people displaced by Israel’s relentless bombardment of the Gaza Strip had sought refuge at Al-Fakhoora School. This was the third major attack on the Jabalia camp.

It came hours after a deadly attack on the Osama bin Zaid school, which houses displaced families, in the Al-Saftawi area north of Gaza City, killing at least 20 people, according to local media.

At least 11,078 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7th. The death toll in Israel is over 1,400.

Israeli strikes have damaged more than 50 percent of housing units across the Gaza Strip, officials said. The United Nations humanitarian office said in a statement that if there was a “hell on earth,” it was the northern Gaza Strip.

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