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Israeli airstrikes kill 11, injure 70

Nov. 19, 2012 4:42 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 20, 2012 12:48 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Multiple airstrikes killed eleven people and injured at least 70 as Israel's assault on the Gaza Strip entered its sixth day Monday, a Ma'an reporter said.

Muhammed Iyad Abu Zour, 4, Abu Zour, 19, Ahed Al-Qatati, 38, and Sahar Abu Zour were killed after airstrikes hit a house in the al-Zaitoun neighborhood of Gaza City.

Muhammad Salameh Jundi, 31, was killed in the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood, Imad Abu Hamda, 30, was killed in al-Shati refugee camp, and Jalal Nasr, 35, died from wounds sustained in a strike on Jabalia, north of Gaza.

An 18-month-old baby, Rama al-Shandi, was also reported killed in the strikes.

Thirty other people were wounded in the attacks and reporters in Gaza City said a massive blast at 2 a.m. damaged a police station.

In Rafah, Sabha al-Hashash, 60, was killed and three others wounded when warplanes struck the home of Mahmoud al-Hashash. The wounded were taken to hospital with moderate injuries.

A second airstrike hit an area in the north of Rafah, killing Ahmad Hussein Agha and Saif al-Sadiq and injuring one other person.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said there were no reports of rocket attacks since midnight.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was due to arrive in Cairo to add his weight to ongoing truce efforts being led by Egypt.

Izzat Risheq, a close aide to Hamas chief-in-exile Khalid Mashaal, wrote in a Facebook message that Hamas would agree to a ceasefire only after Israel "stops its aggression, ends its policy of targeted assassinations and lifts the blockade of Gaza".

Listing Israel's terms, Vice Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon wrote on Twitter: "If there is quiet in the south and no rockets and missiles are fired at Israel's citizens, nor terrorist attacks engineered from the Gaza Strip, we will not attack."

Some 88 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched Operation Pillar of Cloud on Wednesday, after assassinating Hamas military commander Ahmad al-Jaabari.

Reuters contributed to this report
Ma'an News Agency
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