In the early hours of Saturday, rescuers were digging the rubble of the Abu Hatab family’s home, where more people were reportedly buried.
At least 15 people were also injured in the air raid, including a child named Omar.
Nabil Abu Al Reesh, a doctor treating survivors at al-Shifa hospital, said responders “are still trying to retrieve more bodies and find out who is who.”
“It really is a massacre that cannot be described,” he told Al Jazeera.
A man who identified himself as a cousin of the owner of the house told Al Jazeera that the attack took place “without any warning.”
“We ran outside; we saw the four story house completely demolished. It was completely leveled, ”he said.
He added that the owner’s sister and children were visiting at the time of the attack.
“They were all killed,” he said. “All of them. “
A boy who was injured in the attack told Al Jazeera hospital that “the missiles hit and the windows smashed.
“It hit us in the head. We were injured, ”he said. “We started running barefoot and my sister left all of our things behind.”
According to the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, Shati is the third largest of the eight refugee camps in the Gaza Strip and one of the most populous. It is home to over 85,000 refugees, all of whom reside in an area of just 0.52 km².
Other Gaza sites hit by Israeli missiles on Saturday included a bank and the Interior Ministry. Another air raid also reportedly struck a house in Khan Yunis.
Hamas, the group ruling the Gaza Strip, responded to the latest attack on the Shati refugee camp by firing a barrage of rockets at the towns of Askhelon and Ashdod in southern Israel. No casualties were reported.
The Israeli bombardment of Gaza has killed at least 139 Palestinians, including 40 children, and injured more than 920 since Monday when, after days of protests against the forced eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem and the subsequent Israeli crackdowns and raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Hamas began firing rockets at Israel.
The rockets, many of which were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system, killed at least eight people in Israel, including a child.
In the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces killed at least 13 Palestinians protesting against the continued Israeli occupation and continued bombardment of Gaza, while violence between Palestinian citizens of Israel and Israeli Jews persisted amid climbing.