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    Israeli Troops Fire on Palestinians Seeking Food. Israel Says Deadly Scene Was a Chaotic Stampede

    Israeli Troops Fire on Palestinians Seeking Food. Israel Says Deadly Scene Was a Chaotic Stampede

    RAFAH, Strip — Israeli troops fired on a crowd of Palestinians racing to pull food off an aid convoy in Gaza on Thursday, witnesses said. More than 100 people were killed in the chaos, bringing the death toll since the of the Israel-Hamas war to more than 30,000, according to health officials.

    Israel said many of the dead were trampled in a chaotic stampede for the food aid and that its troops only fired when they felt endangered by the crowd.

    The violence was quickly condemned by Arab countries, and U.S. President Joe Biden expressed concern it would add to the difficulty of negotiating a cease-fire in the nearly five-month conflict.

    The Gaza City area was among the first targets of Israel's , sea and ground offensive, launched in response to Hamas' Oct. 7 attack into Israel.

    While many Palestinians fled the invasion in the north of the enclave, a few hundred thousand are believed to remain in the largely devastated and isolated region. Several deliveries of aid reached the area this week, officials said.

    Aid groups say it has become nearly impossible to deliver supplies in most of Gaza because of the difficulty of coordinating with the Israeli military, ongoing hostilities and the breakdown of public order, with crowds of desperate people overwhelming aid convoys. The U.N. says a quarter of Gaza's 2.3 million Palestinians face starvation; around 80% have fled their homes.

    Military officials said…

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