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Scores injured in Israeli strike on residential building in central Rafah, Palestinian news agency says

From CNN's Ibrahim Dahman, Kareem Khadder, Amy Cassidy and Sophie Jeong

An Israeli strike on a residential building in Rafah has injured scores of people on Saturday, according to Palestinian news agency WAFA.

“Scores of civilians sustained various injuries today in an Israeli airstrike that targeted a residential tower in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip,” a WAFA report said.

“Medical sources reported that occupation fighter jets targeted the Al-Masri residential tower, in the central of Rafah, wounding a number of citizens,” WAFA reported.

CNN is unable to independently verify the casualty numbers or claims made by WAFA in its reporting.

A CNN stringer on the ground in Rafah reported that five missiles hit the building. Video shows smoke billowing out of the building. CNN has reached out to the Israel Defense Forces for comment.

Gaza toll rises: The Gaza Ministry of Health said Saturday that 82 people were killed over the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll in the Gaza Strip to 30,960 since October 7. A number of victims remained under rubble, according to the health ministry.

Some 122 injuries were recorded in the 24 hours leading up to Saturday morning, bringing the total number of injuries to 72,524, the Gaza health ministry said.

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