Israeli occupation on Friday, 20 October 2023 acknowledged that a church in Gaza suffered damage when its forces directly targeted the site.
Earlier, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf Qudra said that at least 16 Palestinian Christians were among those killed in direct Israeli attacks on a Greek Orthodox church on Thursday evening in Gaza City.
Qudra added that the death toll in Gaza from Israel’s ongoing bombardment has climbed to 4,137.
The number of injured has risen to 13,300, adding that over 1,000 others are missing.
The strike hitting the church follows Tuesday’s airstrike on a church-affiliated hospital, killing 500 people and wounding hundreds of others. Israel has denied any role in the strike on the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital.