Israeli Forces Cut Gaza in 3; More Than 500 Palestinians Killed

Israel Allows Aid to Enter Gaza

Civilian casualties in Gaza are increasing. United Nations officials in Gaza reported today that the Palestinian death toll since the ground war began is 94. Among the dead was a family of seven, including both parents and five children, in the Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza. The family was killed by a single Israeli shell.

The United Nations said 20 percent of the 548 Palestinians who have died in the 10 days of fighting are civilians. Gaza civilians are terrified by the relentless shelling, which brought darkness after a power outage Monday. Nearly 75 percent of Gaza is without electricity, and more than half a million residents are without water.

ABC News' producer in Gaza, Sammi Zyara, said that Israeli forces opened fire on the roof of his home today. His wife and eight children have not left their house in 10 days.

Dr. Mads Gilbert is working in Gaza's main hospital, Al Shifa Hospital, and told the BBC by phone that Israel's claim that it isn't targeting civilians is "absolutely stupid."

Gilbert said 45 percent of his wounded patients in his overcrowded emergency rooms are women and children.

He told the BBC that his hospital has had to double up in the operating rooms, with two surgeries in each room that usually handles one. And they are running out of medicine and bandages.

"People are dying now because of the lack of supplies. ... The patients have to wait a long time for surgery, and they are dying waiting for surgery," he said.

Jenny Linnel, a British volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement, a Palestinian nonviolent resistance movement, told ABC News that the fighting was taking a cruel toll on children.

"Nowhere is safe in the Gaza Strip," she said.

Today also marks the first time since Saturday that Israel has allowed 80 trucks carrying humanitarian aid to enter Gaza through the Kerem Shalom border crossing at the southern tip of Gaza. The Israeli Defense Forces claim that more than 400 trucks were allowed into Gaza last week.

According to the U.N. Relief and Work Agency, 20 trucks carrying flour are on their way to Gaza. The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs told ABC News that the Nahal-Oz fuel terminal in southern Israel would open for about an hour to transfer 100,000 liters of diesel, 450,000 liters of industrial fuels and 60 tons of cooking gas.

There were also reports earlier that Gaza's wounded were being allowed into Egypt today, through the Rafah border crossing. Seventeen patients and four trucks carrying medical supplies are scheduled to transfer to Egypt later today, according to a representative for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

But the Egyptian military has closed the road to Rafah crossing. The head of the Egyptian military press office told ABC News unequivocally that no aid would cross the Rafah border because it was "too dangerous."

A doctor at the scene told ABC News that trucks carrying aid are loaded and ready to go but that the crossing is still closed and that there's no one on the Palestinian side to receive the trucks because of safety concerns.

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Speaking to ABC News, Jenny Linnel, a Rafah-based volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement, a Palestinian nonviolent resistance movement, said, "The Rafah border opens intermittently and for very brief moments of time, allowing a trickle of aid to come through."

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