Since Israel started bombing the Palestinian enclave, at least 4,137 people have died in the Gaza Strip, according to the health ministry under Hamas’ authority, which released its report on Friday.
According to the government, since October 7, Israeli strikes have resulted in 13,162 more injuries.
Sixteen individuals lost their lives at the Saint Porphyrius Greek Orthodox church property in Gaza City late on Thursday, according to the ministry.
Around 500 people had taken refuge at the church, including five members of Caritas staff, along with their families, NGO Cartias Internationalis said in a statement.
“We were devastated to learn of the death of our colleague Viola, 26-year-old, who was killed alongside her husband and their infant daughter” in the strike, the NGO said in a statement.
It said at least 17 people were killed and others are still under the rubble.
Witnesses told AFP the strike appeared to have been aimed at a target close to the place of worship where many Gaza residents had taken refuge as the war raged in the Palestinian enclave.
The army said its fighter jets had struck a “command and control centre” belonging to Hamas that was involved in firing rockets towards Israel.
“As a result of the strike a wall of a church in the area was damaged.
According to the Hamas health ministry, since the fighting began, there have been 46 medical professional fatalities and 85 injuries in the enclave.
It further stated that twenty-one medical facilities were not operating because of a gasoline shortage.
Humanitarian supplies are still awaiting entry into Gaza through the Rafah crossing from Egypt, according to the Palestinians living there.
After Hamas launched a murderous raid on southern Israel on October 7 that resulted in the deaths of over 1,400 people on Israeli soil—mostly civilians—the conflict in Gaza broke out.