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Dozens killed in Gaza strikes, including one with people in tents

By Mike Heuer
Firefighters put out a fire following a strike on the Al-Mawasi area northwest of Rafah. Photo by Palestinian Civil Defense/UPI
1 of 2 | Firefighters put out a fire following a strike on the Al-Mawasi area northwest of Rafah. Photo by Palestinian Civil Defense/UPI | License Photo

June 22 (UPI) -- Dozens are reported dead after separate strikes in Gaza on Friday and Saturday.

Officials for the International Committee of the Red Cross officials said a strike Friday hit several tents containing displaced people near Al Mawasi, which the ICRC said killed 22 and injured 45. Another 38 died in strikes that hit the al-Shati neighborhood, known as Beach camp, and the al-Tuffah district, the Hamas-run government media office said.

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Israel Defense Forces said in a statement it had struck Hamas "military infrastructure sites" in the neighborhoods.

The Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry blamed Israel for the deadly strike at tents.

An IDF spokesman told the BBC there is "no indication" Israeli forces carried out a military strike there and the IDF is reviewing the strike.

"Heavy-caliber projectiles landed within meters" of its offices and residential areas Friday afternoon, the ICRC said in a statement.

The ICRC said the strike damaged the structure housing the Red Cross, which is "surrounded by hundreds of displaced civilians living in tents."

A nearby Red Cross field hospital received 22 dead bodies and 45 injured civilians.

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The ICRC said there are more casualties.

"Firing so dangerously close to humanitarian structures, of whose locations the parties to the conflict are aware and which are clearly marked with the Red Cross emblem, puts the lives of civilians and Red Cross staff at risk," the ICRC said.

Al Mawasi is located west of Khan Yunis and northwest of Rafah in southern Gaza.

Israeli officials earlier designated parts of Al Mawasi to be a humanitarian zone.

The strikes occurred as hostilities also are increasing between Israel and Hezbollah forces in Lebanon north of Israel.

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