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Palestinian health ministry says nearly 500 people killed in Gaza hospital blast

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The deadly explosion at a Christian-run hospital in central Gaza yesterday killed 471 people, according to the Palestinian ministry of health.

Gazan authorities claimed the blast was caused by an Israeli airstrike; Israel claimed the blast was caused by a misfired rocket from a Palestinian militant group.

Mai Kayla, the health minister, said more than 3,300 people have been killed across Gaza since Israel started launching airstrikes following the Hamas terror attacks on Oct. 7.

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“There is an acute shortage of medicines in the Gaza Strip and a major problem in accessing hospitals,” Kalya said, “and the water outages and deterioration of the sewage system increases the risks of the spread of communicable diseases.”

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