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    Gaza’s Health Ministry Blames Israeli Troops for Deadly Shooting as Crowd Waited for Aid

    Gaza's Health Ministry Blames Israeli Troops for Deadly Shooting as Crowd Waited for Aid

    RAFAH, Strip — Gaza's Health Ministry and witnesses said Israeli troops opened fire as a crowd of Palestinians gathered for humanitarian aid in Gaza on Thursday, killing at least 20 and wounding dozens.

    The Israeli said it was looking into the reports. The Associated Press could not independently confirm the details of what happened.

    Witnesses and health officials said the shooting took place at a roundabout on Gaza City's southern edge, where a large crowd had gathered for distribution of food. Footage posted online and confirmed to have been taken on the main road near the roundabout showed hundreds of people fleeing, some carrying boxes of aid, as shots rang out in the background. Men loaded wounded Palestinians onto horse and donkey carts that took off charging down the avenue.

    At Shifa Hospital, where casualties were treated, Mohammad al-Reafi lay on the floor, his bloodied leg bandaged, as medics worked on other wounded around them. He said Israeli troops fired into the crowd.

    “We were going to get flour … young people were martyred and other young people were injured,” he said. Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qidra said 20 people were killed and 150 others wounded by the shooting.

    A number of aid agencies distribute food and other supplies in Gaza. It was not immediately known which one was operating in the area at the time of the incident. The United refugee agency for…

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