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Hamas official killed in Gaza City as Israel orders evacuation

An Israeli airstrike in Gaza City has killed senior Hamas official Ehab al-Ghussein, according to Palestinian authorities, while fresh evacuation orders have been issued for several neighbourhoods.

Mr al-Ghussein, the deputy minister of labour, was killed along with three other people in the attack on a church-run school, according to the Civil Emergency Service.

Hamas said a strike earlier in the war had destroyed his house and killed his wife and daughter.

According to the BBC, a large number of people were sheltering in the building.

The Israeli army said it carried out a strike on a building where “terrorists” were operating and seeking refuge, and that prior to the strike, it took steps to reduce the risk of civilians being harmed.

Israel’s military has also ordered the “immediate” evacuation of several other districts in Gaza City, an area which was heavily bombed and largely emptied early in the war.

At least 13 people, including those killed in the school, died in Israeli airstrikes overnight Sunday, according to the Associated Press.

The Nasser Hospital in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis said the bodies of three Palestinians were retrieved from the area of the Kerem Shalom crossing with Israel.

A hospital statement said they were handcuffed, and an Associated Press reporter saw one of the bodies with bound hands.

Abdel-Hadi Ghabaeen, an uncle of one of the deceased, said they had been working to secure the delivery of humanitarian aid and commercial shipments through the crossing.

He said he saw soldiers detain them on Saturday, and that the bodies bore signs of beatings, with one having a broken leg.

The Israeli military said it was looking into the reports.

The military separately announced that one of its officers was killed in battle in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, bringing the total number of Israeli soldiers killed to 680 since the start of the war.

With agencies

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