‘Operation al-Aqsa Flood’ Day 244: Israel commits new massacre in strike on UNRWA school in Nuseirat


  • 36,654 + killed* and at least 83,309 wounded in the Gaza Strip.*
  • 527+ Palestinians killed in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.**
  • Israel revised its estimated October 7 death toll down from 1,400 to 1,140.
  • 646 Israeli soldiers have been announced killed since October 7, and at least 3,657 have been announced as wounded.***

*Gaza’s Ministry of Health confirmed this figure on its Telegram channel on June 6, 2024. Some rights groups estimate the death toll to be much higher when accounting for those presumed dead.

** The death toll in the West Bank and Jerusalem is not updated regularly. According to the PA’s Ministry of Health on June 5, this is the latest figure.

*** These figures are released by the Israeli military, showing the soldiers whose names “were allowed to be published.” The number of Israeli soldiers wounded according to declarations by the head of the Israeli army’s wounded association to Israel’s channel 12 exceeds 20,000 including at least 8000 permanently handicapped as of June 1st.

Key Developments 

  • Israel kills 215 Palestinians, wounds 682 since Monday, June 3, across Gaza, raising death toll since October 7 to 36,654 and number of wounded to 83,309, according to the Gaza health ministry.
  • Israel kills 40 Palestinians in bombing of UNRWA school sheltering displaced Palestinians.
  • White House calls upon Israel and Hamas to make concessions in order to reach ceasefire deal.
  • Gaza-based Palestinian health ministry says 25,000 Palestinians in Gaza need medical treatment outside of Gaza.
  • Spain to join South Africa in genocide case against Israel at ICJ.
  • Colombia to impose restrictions on coal sales to Israel.
  • WHO says war in Gaza has “severely crippled health care provision in Rafah.”
  • UNICEF says nine out of 10 children in Gaza suffer severe lack of food for growth.
  • Israeli forces wound six Palestinians in raid on Jenin.
  • Israeli army admits one soldier killed and 10 wounded in a Hezbollah drone attack in Galilee.
  • At least two Lebanese killed in Israeli strikes on southern Lebanese towns.
  • Israel’s Benny Gantz tells Israelis on northern front with Lebanon to “prepare for difficult days.”

Israel kills 40 Palestinians in a strike on an UNRWA school sheltering displaced families

At least 40 Palestinians were killed early on Thursday in an Israeli airstrike of an UNRWA school sheltering displaced families in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

The Gaza-based government media office said in a statement that 14 of the victims were children and nine were women. Around 74 more were wounded, including 23 children and 18 women, the office added.

The UNRWA Commissioner General Philippe Lazzarini said through his account on X that Israel bombed an UNRWA school that housed thousands of displaced Palestinians during the night, without any warning to the displaced or to the UNRWA.

The Israeli army admitted the bombing in a statement, claiming that it had conducted a “precise strike” on dozens of Palestinian militants who were gathered in a building separate from the location of the civilians. The Gaza government media office denied the Israeli army’s claims.

Funeral prayers for Palestinians who died during the Israeli airstrike on the UNRWA displacement shelter in Nuseirat, Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, June 6, 2024. (Photo: Omar Ashtawy/APA Images)

According to Gaza’s authorities, Thursday’s bombing is the 149th Israeli attack on a displacement shelter since the beginning of the current Israeli assault on Gaza last October. In late May, Israel killed 45 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including many children in a strike on a displaced tent encampment east of Rafah.

Seventeen world leaders, U.S. president, call upon Israel and Hamas to accept ceasefire proposal

A White House statement signed by 17 world leaders including U.S. Preident Joe Biden called upon Israel and Hamas to accept the latest U.S. proposal for a ceasefire and prisoners’ exchange deal on Wednesday.

“At this decisive moment, we call on the leaders of Israel as well as Hamas to make whatever final compromises are necessary to close this deal and bring relief to the families of our hostages, as well as those on both sides of this terrible conflict, including the civilian populations,” the statement read.

The statement was signed by leaders of France, Germany, the UK, Poland, Bulgaria, Canada, Thailand, Austria, Portugal, Denmark, Romania, and Serbia, among others.

Earlier this week, U.S. President Biden announced a framework for a proposed deal that included three phases: a prisoners’ exchange and a ceasefire for six months, followed by a negotiation period during which the ceasefire would continue alongside negotiations and an Israeli withdrawal from populated areas, and ending the beginning of reconstruction works and the total withdrawal of Israeli forces.

Although the White House said that the proposal was designed by Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu said that the announced proposal wasn’t the exact version that his government designed. Both Israel and Hamas expressed readiness to accept the proposal, but haven’t yet formally responded.

Meanwhile, fighting between Israeli forces and Palestinian resistance fighters has continued across the Strip. On Thursday, Palestinian fighters infiltrated the Karam Abu Salem crossing area east of Rafah and clashed with Israeli soldiers. The Israeli army admitted one soldier killed and another wounded while announcing that it killed three Palestinian fighters. Palestinian factions have announced targeting several Israeli tanks and armored vehicles in Rafah and Deir al-Balah since Wednesday.

In the north, the Israeli army completed its withdrawal from Jabalia after a three-week invasion of the camp, which was accompanied by intense fighting with Palestinian resistance factions, resulting in casualties in Israeli ranks. Palestinians began to return to Jabalia after Israel’s withdrawal, installing makeshift tents and fixing spaces for living in their destroyed homes.


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