Israeli air strikes have targeted a home in Gaza, killing the renowned Palestinian writer, poet and professor Refaat Alareer along with six members of his family including his two siblings. He co-founded a youth-led Palestinian non-profit project called We Are Not Numbers.

Iran Press/ West Asia: The Palestinian poet Refaat Alareer, one of the leaders of a young generation of authors in besieged Gaza who chose to write in English to tell their stories, was killed in an Israeli strike, his friends said overnight Thursday.

"My heart is broken, my friend and colleague Refaat Alareer was killed with his family a few minutes ago," wrote his friend, the Gaza-based poet Mosab Abu Toha, on Facebook.

"I don't want to believe this. We both loved to pick strawberries together."

Israel had conducted further raids on Thursday evening in the north of Gaza, according to Hamas.

Alareer had said a few days after Israel began its ground offensive in October that he refused to leave northern Gaza, the epicentre of the fighting at the time.

"Refaat's assassination is tragic, painful and outrageous. It is a huge loss," his friend Ahmed Alnaouq wrote on X.


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