And why are they exchanging fire with the US in tit-for-tat attacks around the region?
Citing medical sources, the Palestinian WAFA news agency reported on Sunday that at least 24 of the killings were caused by the Israeli shelling of the city of Khan Yunis, in southern Gaza.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PCRS) also said that three of the Khan Yunis martyrs were buried inside the courtyard of the al-Amal hospital due to the ongoing Israeli blockade on the facility.
Israel waged the genocidal war on besieged Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement carried out a historic operation against the occupying entity in retaliation for its intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people.
So far, the Tel Aviv regime has killed at least 26,422 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and injured 65,087 others.
The Israeli military has committed war crimes in Gaza by targeting medical facilities, personnel, and transport and destroying the healthcare system in the Palestinian territory.
Only 4 health centers operational in Gaza, warns UNRWA
The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) announced that only four out of 22 of its health centers in the Gaza Strip are operational due to Israeli bombardment and access restrictions.
Last week, UNRWA had six operational health centers in Gaza.
Before the start of the Israeli war, UNRWA provided basic services, from medical care to education to Gaza’s nearly 2.2 million residents.
The agency is now supplying aid to desperate people in Gaza and using its facilities to shelter those fleeing Israeli raids.
Israel has recently claimed that 12 of UNRWA staff members participated in Hamas’ October 7 operation.
In a statement, Hamas said the occupying regime is trying to undermine UNRWA and other organizations providing humanitarian relief in Gaza.
Following Israeli accusations against UNRWA, several countries, including the US and the UK, suspended funding for the agency, in a move condemned by Palestinian officials.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the loss of funding meant the UN could not guarantee aid to Gaza for February.
He also pleaded for donor states to continue supporting the UN agency, adding, “The dire needs of the desperate populations they serve must be met.”
Philippe Lazzarini, UNRWA's commissioner general, said, he is “shocked” by the decision made by certain Western countries to pause funding to the aid agency based on allegations leveled by Israel.
“Our humanitarian operation, on which 2 million people depend as a lifeline in Gaza, is collapsing. I am shocked such decisions are taken based on the alleged behavior of a few individuals and as the war continues, needs are deepening and famine looms. “