Palestinians say 5 killed by gunfire, stampede during aid delivery in northern Gaza

The Palestine Red Crescent says five people were killed and dozens wounded by gunfire and a stampede during an aid delivery today in Gaza.

AFP video footage shows a convoy of trucks moving quickly past burning debris near the distribution point in pre-dawn darkness as people shout and gunfire echoes — some of which were warning shots, according to unnamed witnesses quoted by the French news agency.

The Red Crescent says it happened after thousands of people gathered for the arrival of around 15 trucks of flour and other food, which were supposed to be handed out at Gaza City’s Kuwait roundabout, in the territory’s north.

The roundabout has been the scene of several chaotic and deadly aid distribution incidents, including a deadly incident on March 23 that drew intense international scrutiny.

The Red Crescent says three of the five killed earlier today were shot.

Eyewitnesses tell AFP that Gazans overseeing the aid delivery shot in the air, but Israeli troops in the area also opened fire and some moving trucks hit people trying to get the food.

The Israeli military tells AFP it “has no record of the incident described.”

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