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Israeli airstrike kills family of 3, death toll reaches 39

July 9, 2014 2:14 P.M. (Updated: July 10, 2014 6:14 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Israeli airstrike on the al-Maghazi refugee camp killed a family of three on Wednesday, with another two children reported missing, as the death toll from Israel's assault on Gaza reaches 39.

Muhammad Khalaf al-Nawasrah, 4, toddler Nidal Khalaf al-Nawasrah, and their mother Sumud al-Nawasrah were killed when an Israeli missile hit their home in central Gaza.

Two other children are reported missing, with their bodies believed to be buried under rubble.

Amjad Hamdan, 23, was also killed in an airstrike outside of his home in Beit Hanoun. He is allegedly a member of Islamic Jihad's military wing.

Earlier, twelve Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

An airstrike in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip killed 40-year-old Sahar Hamdan al-Masri and her teenage son 14-year-old Ibrahim.

Shortly before that, an Israeli airstrike killed 22-year-old Muhammad Khalid al-Nimrah in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City.

Earlier Wednesday, Muhammad Malaka, one-and-a-half, and his 27-year-old mother Aminah Malak were killed along with a young man, Hatim Abu Salim, by an Israeli airstrike on a house in the Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City.

Earlier, Israeli airstrikes on central Gaza killed three people, among them an elderly woman, a health ministry spokesman said.

Ashraf al-Qidra said 60-year-old Abd al-Nasser Abu Kweik and his 31-year-old son Khaled were killed in a strike on Nuseirat refugee camp.

Additionally, an airstrike hit al-Mughraqa village in central Gaza, killing 80-year-old Nayfa Farajallah.

Before that, a Palestinian man was killed and another was injured by an Israeli airstrike on a motorcycle in the northern Gaza Strip.

Al-Qidra said 30-year-old Rafiq al-Kafarna was killed as Israeli warplanes targeted his motorcycle in Beit Lahiya.

Another man sustained critical injuries and was taken to Kamal Udwan Hospital, al-Qidra said.

Israeli warplanes bombed the home of a senior Islamic Jihad militant after midnight Tuesday, killing him and five members of his family in an attack on the family's home.

"We didn't see the rocket that came down on us," said Yunis Hamd who lost six family members in the strike, which left a vast crater.

"It killed all of them," he told AFP.

"This is pure destruction by F-16 aircraft against children and civilians, and the whole world just sits watching," said his neighbor Yasser Abu Awda, whose house was also destroyed.

An Israeli army statement said earlier that the air force carried out strikes on some 160 targets in the Gaza Strip overnight.

Israeli airstrikes killed 24 Palestinians, most of them civilians, on Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Israel has dubbed its air campaign on Gaza "Operation Protective Edge," saying the offensive comes in response to heavy rocket fire from Gaza's militant groups.
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