The flour massacre: How the food massacres in Gaza came to pass and how Israel’s narrative was altered

Hundreds of Palestinians were queuing for food handouts southwest of Gaza City when Israeli troops opened fire, resulting in at least 112 Palestinian deaths and over 750 injuries. People gathered near Gaza’s Harun al-Rashid Street, where assistance trucks with flour were rumored to be arriving, at approximately 04:30 local time (02:30 GMT) on Thursday. As people began to assemble in big groupings, an aid truck convoy headed north past the checkpoint. A convoy of thirty-one trucks entered Gaza, but on Monday and Tuesday, about twenty of them entered the north, according to the Israeli military.


Al Jazeera’s Hani Mahmoud reported from Rafah that when civilians gathered in big groups waiting for much-needed relief, they were shot at by various military equipment. The Associated Press reported that individuals were removing cans and cartons of flour off the trucks. People retreated behind the vehicles when the initial round of gunfire ended, only for the soldiers to start firing again. Ismail al-Ghoul of Al Jazeera claimed, “After opening fire, Israeli tanks advanced and ran over many of the dead and injured bodies.” He was reporting from the site.


According to Palestinian authorities, the event happened in Gaza City’s southwest on al-Rashid Street near the Nabulsi Roundabout. This is in Gaza’s northern region, where there haven’t been many food deliveries. This week saw the arrival of the first shipment in over a month. This occurred the day after Carl Skau, the World Food Programme’s (WFP) deputy executive director, informed the UN Security Council that over 500,000 people, or one in four people, were at risk of starvation, with one in six children under the age of two being classified as seriously malnourished.


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