Israeli Airstrikes in Gaza Leave Dozens Dead Amid Cease-Fire Talks

Israeli airstrikes in central Gaza have resulted in significant casualties, including civilians, amidst ongoing efforts to broker a cease-fire deal. The strikes, which targeted residential areas including refugee camps and a purported safe zone, claimed the lives of 20 Palestinians, including women and children, according to hospital authorities.

In Deir al-Balah and Nuseirat, strikes on residential homes and a school serving as a shelter led to further fatalities, adding to the toll of civilian casualties. The violence escalated as mediators from the U.S., Egypt, Qatar, and Israeli officials gathered in Doha for negotiations aimed at ending the protracted conflict.

Criticism has been levelled at Israel for targeting civilian areas, including schools and hospitals, with claims of Hamas using these locations for military purposes. The international community, including the United Nations, has expressed concern over the humanitarian impact and called for an immediate cessation of hostilities.

Efforts to secure a cease-fire have faced obstacles, despite some progress in narrowing differences between Israel and Hamas. The situation remains volatile, with widespread displacement and escalating humanitarian needs across Gaza.

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