According to the Hamas-run health ministry, 4,137 people have died in the Gaza Strip since Israel started bombing the Palestinian enclave.
The Israeli attacks, which have been underway since October 7, have left 13,162 additional people injured, according to the ministry.
Five employees of Caritas and their families were among the 500 individuals who sought safety at the church, according to a statement from the non-profit organization Cartias International.
The NGO released a statement saying, “We were devastated to learn of the death of our colleague Viola, 26 years old, who was killed alongside her husband and their infant daughter” in the attack.
According to the report, at least 17 individuals were killed, and many are still buried in the wreckage.
As the conflict raged in the Palestinian enclave, many Gaza residents had sought refuge at a site of worship, according to witnesses who spoke to AFP.
The army said that its fighter jets had hit a Hamas “command and control center” that was used to launch rockets at Israel.
“A nearby church’s wall was harmed as a result of the blow.
In addition, the Hamas health ministry reported that since hostilities began, 46 medical professionals had died and another 85 had been injured in the enclave.
Due to a gasoline shortage, twenty-one healthcare facilities were not operating, it continued.
Humanitarian supplies from Egypt is still awaiting delivery to the Palestinians in Gaza at the Rafah gate.
After Hamas carried out a deadly raid on southern Israel on October 7 that resulted in more than 1,400 deaths on Israeli soil, largely civilians, the war in Gaza started.