This is Israel’s most intense bombing campaign in Gaza in recent memory, residents of the besieged territory say.

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The vibrant Rimal neighbourhood, the heart of Gaza, has been completely obliterated.

The Rimal neighborhood, once the vibrant heart of the Gaza Strip, has been nearly obliterated in the intense Israeli bombardment over the past four days.

Israeli bombs have mercilessly shattered the walls of apartment towers, uprooted trees that once lined bustling sidewalks, and leveled university buildings, mosques, and the offices of various institutions, including Gaza’s main telecommunications company and international media outlets.

“This is the destruction of our center, our communal life,” lamented Palestinian businessman Ali al-Hiyak from his home near Rimal. “They are shattering us,” he added.

The relentless bombardment on Tuesday marked Israel’s most severe bombing campaign in recent memory, according to residents of the besieged territory. This onslaught was unleashed after Hamas launched its deadliest attack on Israel in decades on Saturday.

Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant has vowed to initiate a ground offensive in Gaza, a region now reeling under the weight of Israeli bombs. Gaza’s Health Ministry reported at least 900 deaths and 4,600 injuries in five days of conflict. Meanwhile, Israel’s military stated that the death toll in Israel had risen to 1,200, with more than 2,700 people wounded.

Although Rimal was targeted during the last war in Gaza in 2021, the scale of Tuesday’s strikes was unprecedented.

“These explosions sound different,” said 30-year-old Saman Ashour in Gaza City, listening to the deafening roar of explosions from a neighborhood north of Rimal. “It’s the sound of vengeance.”

Casualties were widespread, from local journalists to shopkeepers. Drone footage depicted vast areas of Gaza City transformed into dirt craters and ruins. Issa Abu Salim, a resident, stood in shock, surveying the remnants of his home, his clothes covered in the dust of destruction. “We’ve lost everything—our money, our identity cards. The entire house, all four floors, gone,” he said. “The most beautiful area, they destroyed it.”

Destroyed buildings in Rimal, Gaza City. More than 260,000 people are displaced in Gaza, with about 175,000 taking shelter in 88 UN schools. [Abdelhakim Abu Riash/Al Jazeera]


Palestinians walk past destroyed buildings. The death toll in Gaza from Israeli attacks has gone up to 950, with more than 5,000 wounded, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. [Abdelhakim Abu Riash/Al Jazeera]
The Israeli air raids on Gaza are continuing for a fifth day. [Abdelhakim Abu Riash/Al Jazeera]
Dozens of residential buildings, factories, mosques and shops were hit, said the head of the government’s media office, Salama Marouf. [Abdelhakim Abu Riash/Al Jazeera]
At least 30 people have been killed and hundreds wounded as Israel pounded the Gaza Strip overnight, a Hamas government official said. [Abdelhakim Abu Riash/Al Jazeera]
At least six Palestinian journalists have been killed in a matter of days amid Israel’s ongoing shelling of the besieged Gaza Strip, media networks and press freedom monitors have said. [Abdelhakim Abu Riash/Al Jazeera]


Journalist Saeed al-Taweel, editor-in-chief of Al-Khamsa News website, and two other members of the press were killed early on Tuesday as they went to film a building that Israel would soon bomb in Gaza City. [Abdelhakim Abu Riash/Al Jazeera]
Al-Taweel, Mohammed Subh and Hisham Alnwajha had been standing at a safe distance, hundreds of metres from the stated target. But the air attack hit a different building, much closer to them. [Abdelhakim Abu Riash/Al Jazeera]

Abrar Ahmed

Abrar Ahmed is a Pakistani journalist, columnist, writer, and author known for contributing to journalism and conflict resolution. He was born in March 1982. He holds a master's degree from the University of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir Muzaffarabad and studied at Quaid E Azam University.

Abrar Ahmed is recognized as the founder of several notable organizations, including the Institute of Research for Conflict Resolution and Social Development, Ikhtilaf News Media and Publications, and Daily Sutoon Newspaper. Additionally, he established the Save Humanity Foundation, reflecting his commitment to humanitarian causes.

As a journalist, columnist, and author, Abrar Ahmed has written extensively on various subjects. He has authored several books, including "Tehreek E Azadi key Azeem Surkhaik," "Corruption Key Keerhay," "Masla e Kashmir ka Hal Aalmi Aman ka Rasta," and "Pakistan and Azad Kashmir Political System and New System Needed." These books cover topics ranging from the struggle for freedom, corruption, the Kashmir issue, and the need for political reform.

Abrar Ahmed has also contributed to education through his text books, such as "Modern Community Development Ideas" and "Basic Journalism," which have helped educate and shape the minds of aspiring journalists and community development professionals.

In summary, Abrar Ahmed is a multifaceted individual who has made significant contributions to journalism, conflict resolution, and education in Pakistan. His work as a writer and founder of various organizations reflects his dedication to promoting positive change and addressing critical issues in society

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