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15 Palestinians killed in morning strikes, Hamas-run health ministry says

Palestinian firefighters search for survivors and bodies under the rubble after an intensive bombardment of Gaza City following rocket fire, May 16, 2021 (MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)
Palestinian firefighters search for survivors and bodies under the rubble after an intensive bombardment of Gaza City following rocket fire, May 16, 2021 (MOHAMMED ABED / AFP)

At least 15 Palestinians have been reported dead so far in a heavy Israeli bombardment on Gaza City early Sunday morning, the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry says.

Israeli airstrikes reportedly targeted Al-Wehdat, a thoroughfare in Gaza City, late last night.

According to reports on social media, no warning was given to residents that an Israeli strike was on its way.

One of the casualties is a well-known doctor at Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital, Ayman Abu Aouf, the Health Ministry reports.

Paramedics have reported more fatalities at the scene as they continue to dig people out.

“We’re hearing screams under the rubble,” a member of Gaza’s Civil Defense tells the Al-Jazeera network.

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