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Chaotic aid delivery turns deadly as Israeli, Gazan officials trade blame

JERUSALEM - More than 100 people were killed Thursday, Gazan health officials said, after a crowd converged on a rare humanitarian aid convoy in Gaza City, triggering a chaotic incident that Palestinian officials and eyewitnesses blamed on Israeli gunfire and Israeli officials blamed on a stampede.

More than 700 Palestinians were wounded, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, as the death toll in the enclave surged past 30,000.

Though many details of the incident were still unclear - including, most critically, what had caused such a heavy human toll - it underscored the desperate plight of Gaza's civilians and further complicated delicate international efforts to secure a cease-fire.


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