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2 killed in raid on Shati camp

Nov. 18, 2012 11:51 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 19, 2012 2:09 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel bombed al-Shati refugee camp on Sunday killing a man and a 9-year-old girl, bringing the death toll in Gaza to 54 on the fifth day of heavy shelling.

Medics said 27-year-old Ahmad Nahhal and 9-year-old Tasneem Nahhal were killed and eight others wounded in the strike on the camp, which lies on the coastline of Gaza City, medics said.

In northern Gaza, medics recovered the body of 52-year-old woman, identified as Nawal Abed al-Ali, from the rubble of an earlier airstrike on a police station in the al-Tufah neighborhood.

Nahhal was the fourth child killed in airstrikes across the enclave on Sunday morning.

A strike on al-Bureij refugee camp killed 18-month-old Eyad Abu Khousa and wounded his brother, a Ma'an correspondent said

Earlier, two children were killed and more than 12 people injured as two houses were bombed in northern Gaza early Sunday, a Gaza official Ashraf al-Qidra said. Medics identified the two children as Tamer Abu Asaifan and one-year-old Jumana Abu Asaifan.

Witnesses said Israel's aerial bombardment of Gaza continued with intensity overnight.

Airstrikes hit two media headquarters in Gaza City, including Ma'an's office, injuring six journalists.

Israeli shelling pummeled Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, while fighter jets struck southern Gaza. Meanwhile, Israeli gunboats shelled the coastline of Gaza City and central Gaza, eyewitnesses said.

Israel's army said fighter jets fired on approximately 70 sites in the Gaza Strip overnight.

No rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel after midnight on Saturday, the army said, until several projectiles hit the south after 8 a.m.

One rocket salvo unleashed on Sunday wounded two people when it hit a house in the coastal city of Ashkelon, police said.

Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades says it has carried out 900 rocket attacks on Israeli military bases and across the border, reaching Tel Aviv and an Israeli settlement south of Jerusalem for the first time.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is ready to widen its offensive.

"We are exacting a heavy price from Hamas and the terrorist organizations and the Israel Defense Forces are prepared for a significant expansion of the operation," he said at a cabinet meeting, giving no further details.

Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi had said on Saturday there were "some indications" a ceasefire could be reached soon between Israel and Gaza Palestinians but he had no firm guarantees.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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