On Tuesday, Day 242 of the ongoing genocide in the destroyed, besieged, and starved Gaza Strip, the Israeli army continued the bombing and shelling of various parts of the Gaza Strip, killing dozens of Palestinians, including women and children.

Medical sources said the corpses of three Palestinians were found under the rubble of a home the army bombarded in the Daraj neighborhood, east of Gaza City.

The army also fired many missiles and shells at homes in the Sabra and the Zeitoun neighborhoods in Gaza City, wounding dozens of Palestinians, including women and children.

Furthermore, the army fired missiles and many artillery shells at various neighborhoods in the southern part of Gaza City, causing casualties.

In central Gaza, the army fired a missile at a home for the Ghannam family in Bloc 10 in the Nusseirat refugee camp, killing at least three Palestinians and wounding many others.

Israeli Quadcopter drones also fired dozens of live rounds at Palestinians sheltering near the Al-Awda Hospital in Nusseirat refugee camp, while the army also fired artillery shells at areas near the Netzarim Crossing, south of Gaza City.

In the Al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, the army fired missiles and shells at four residential towers wounding many Palestinians.

Media sources said the army bombed the Al-Maghari Tower, Al-Ahlam Tower, Hamad Tower “Bloc 9”, and Al-Quds Tower, “Bloc 7”, in the refugee camp.

In Deir Al-Balah, in central Gaza, the army fired a missile at a car and many residents near the entrance center housing dozens of families, in the northern part of the city, killing at least eight Palestinians, whose corpses were severely mutilated, and injuring more than twenty; among the casualties many children and women.

Media sources said the targeted area is overcrowded with displaced families near a college that it used as a shelter, housing hundreds of families.

Al-Jazeera English said, “Palestinian officials declared the Jabalia refugee camp and the entire governorate of North Gaza a ‘disaster-stricken area’ after the Israeli military destroyed 50,000 residential units.”

On Monday, Palestinian municipal officials declared Jabalia and Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip as “disaster areas.”

Al-Jazeera English said that “Naji Sarhan, head of the Municipal Emergency Committee, told a news conference on Sunday that Israeli forces have destroyed some 50,000 housing units and bulldozed drainage networks and roads in most municipalities in northern Gaza.”

Israel has now killed at least 36.479 Palestinians, mostly women, and children, and injured more than 80.777, in addition to the thousands who remain under the rubble of bombarded homes and buildings in several parts of the Gaza Strip, since October 7, 2023.

It is worth mentioning that the Palestinian Ministry of Higher Education said Israel has killed more than 15.000 children in the Gaza Strip since October 7, in addition to 64 children in the West Bank.

The statement, made today, June 4th which also marks “International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression,” observed by the United Nations, affirmed that the “Palestinian children are paying the highest price of this ongoing Israeli aggression and its immediate impact on them.”

The Ministry said that, since the bringing of the Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip, 620,000 students have been deprived of education in schools, and 88,000 students have been deprived of going to their universities and added that most of them suffer from psychological trauma and difficult health conditions.

CounterPunch: May 31, 2024; You Can’t Turn Back the Clock on Genocide: “Easily 200,000 Deaths in Gaza.” BY JOSHUA FRANK