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At least 13 people killed, including 7 children, after strike on Al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza

By CNN’s Mohammad Al-Sawalhi in Gaza, CNN’s Kareem Khadder, Abeer Salman and Zeena Saifi in Jerusalem

At least 13 people were killed, including seven children, and more than 25 people were injured after a strike targeting the Al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza on Tuesday, according to hospital officials. Martyrs of Al-Aqsa.

Graphic video obtained exclusively by CNN from eyewitness Nihad Owdetallah shows several victims scattered on the ground, including children, with blood flowing throughout the area. Dozens of people seem to be running around, panicked, screaming and trying to count and carry away the corpses. A dust-covered table football is visible among the corpses.

Owdetallah, who lives in the camp, told CNN he heard an explosion around 3:40 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

“I immediately walked over to see what had happened and I found dead bodies thrown on the ground. People screaming, children screaming. Dead children on the ground. They were just playing foosball and they were martyred,” he said.

Footage shot for CNN from inside Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital shows a steady stream of victims and injured people being brought in, as the emergency room is packed with patients, including several injured children, screaming at each other. floor.

Video taken inside a hospital morgue shows families trying to identify their loved ones among the deceased. Fatmeh Issa points to a white body bag with a young boy’s bloody face on display, telling CNN: “That’s my son.”

Another man shouts: “They have nothing to do with anyone! They are civilians. Have pity on us. You kill children. You do not kill an army or fighters; you kill children who were playing peacefully in the street. »

The video shows him handing over the dead body of a young girl to another man, with both men shouting Quranic verses and sobbing. The man who receives her body puts her on the ground and covers her body with a jacket, telling CNN that she is his daughter.

“She’s my eldest daughter… her name is Lujain, she’s 9 years old. A strike hit them while they were playing in the street. They’re just kids,” he said. CNN has contacted Israel. Defense Forces for comment but has not yet received a response.

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