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Day seven: 430 killed, over 2,200 injured since Saturday

Jan. 2, 2009 11:00 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 2, 2009 11:00 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - On the seventh day of a weeklong assault on Gaza, new Israeli attacks killed and maimed about 60 people by Friday evening. Nine died, including five children.

Meanwhile, Israeli sources reported that about 20 rockets were fired targeting sites in the western Negev. One injury was reported there.

Two Palestinians, a man and a woman, were killed and 20 others injured in a strike by Israeli forces on Friday evening in central Gaza. Twenty others were injured.

Local witnesses said that 22-year-old Tahani A'yesh was killed, while five of her family members suffered injuries in the Israeli shelling attack on her home near the area of Juhr Ad-Deek, east of Al-Bureij Refugee Camp in central Gaza.

Another Palestinian was killed when Israel's air force targeted a civilian car, passing over a bridge in the Gaza Valley, which is in the south. Three others were injured in that attack and were transferred to Shuhada Al-Aqsa Hospital.

Ten others were injured after a number of airstrikes targeted the home of I'mad A'gel, a senior leader within the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

Several other places of business were struck, as well, particularly in An-Nuseirat Refugee Camp in the central Gaza Strip.

Sixteen out of the 30 killed in Israeli airstrikes since New Year's Eve were children; nine were from the same family and nine of the adults killed were women.

Fifty-seven percent of Palestinians killed so far in 2009 have been children.

On Friday the bodies of the Rayan family children were buried, and Palestinian medical sources confirmed the deaths of three more Palestinians under 17 years old.

Seven Palestinians have been killed since midnight Thursday, bringing the death toll to 430 and the injured to 2,220 on day seven of the Israeli operation.

The day's strikes were reported as follows:

2:45pm One of the children killed Friday was from the Al-Astal family. He was playing outside his home in the Al-Qararra neighborhood when a shell hit the area.

2:30pm At An-Nuseirat Refugee Camp, the Israeli army targeted the home of Imad A'qel, a prominent leader of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas. His home was destroyed but no injuries were reported.

2:15pm Three Palestinians were killed in an airstrike on Al-Qarara village in southern Gaza.

2:00pm Shells landed on the home of Hamas' Al-Qassam Brigades leader in the central Gaza Strip.

1:15pm 20 year-old Fadi Shebat was killed in Israeli shelling at Beit Hanoun.

1:00pm 15-year-old Hammad Mesbeh was killed by Israeli shells in Gaza City. Medical sources in the Palestinian Red Crescent confirmed that Hammad was killed by shrapnel from an Israeli missile strike fired from a pilotless drone. His body was difficult to identify because it arrived to the hospital in pieces.

12:10pm Gazans crowded Jabaliya streets in a public outcry against the Israeli killing of Hamas leader Nizar Rayan and 15 family members on Thursday.

12:00pm Shells fell on Der Al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

10:30am One dead, several injured as Israeli missiles land on a home in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip. 6-year-old Christine At-Turk was killed in the strike.

10:00am Foad Al-Matuq was killed and four were injured after Israeli shells hit an empty home in Jabalia Refugee Camp in the northern Gaza Strip. Shelling targeted the home of Nabil Matuq, Fouad's brother. The home was also demolished.

9:00am Missile strikes in residential areas across the Gaza Strip were reported.

7:00am Israeli missiles targeted the homes of two Hamas members at Al-Bureij Refugee Camp near Gaza City. The strikes left homes totally demolished, as well as several buildings in the area. One of the damaged homes belonged to Jamal Ad-Durrah, the father of Muhammad Ad-Durrah, whose death at the hands of Israeli gunfire was caught on film in the now iconic image of the young boy cowering behind his father as they hide behind an oil drum in the face of Israeli fire.

6:45am Two homes in Rafah were bombed, injuring six people.

6:30am Israeli shelling targeted a house in the Tel Al-Hawa neighborhood, west of Gaza City.

6:00am Israeli shelling hit the Caliphates' Mosque in Jabalia Refugee Camp, injuring four Palestinians.

5:45am Thousands of birds were killed when Israeli fire targeted a farm in Gaza City.

***Updated 18:49 Bethlehem time
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