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Deadly airstrikes on seventh day of Gaza assault

July 14, 2014 9:48 A.M. (Updated: July 16, 2014 9:25 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel continued airstrikes and shelling on the Gaza Strip Monday, killing at least 14 Palestinians, medical sources said.

In the latest attack, three people were killed and seven injured including some critically after an Israeli airstrike on the Sheikh al-Eid family home in northern Rafah, residents said.

Sarah Omar Sheikh al-Eid, 4, Khalid Ahmad Sheikh al-Eid, 50, and Omar Ahmad Sheikh al-Eid, 24 were killed, they said.

In a separate attack, Mohammad Shakib al-Agha, 25, and Mohammad Yunis Abu Yusef, 25, were killed in an airstrike in eastern Khan Yunis.

A Palestinian teenager identified as Ziyad al-Najjar, 16, died after an airstrike on his motorbike in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, medics said.

They also said Ziyad Salim al-Shawi, 25, died of wounds sustained in an earlier attack.

Mohammad Taysir Hamdan, 24, was killed in an airstrike earlier Monday evening in southern Gaza.

Meanwhile, an airstrike on the Abu Issa family home in Deir al-Balah injured six people, medics said.

Abdullah Baraka, Abasan al-Jadida and Tamir Salim Qudeih, 37, were killed in Khan Younis by an Israeli airstrike, Gaza health official Ashraf al-Qidra said.

Hmeid Suleiman Abu al-Araj, 60, was killed in an airstrike on Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip and a man was seriously injured in a targeted attack on a motorcycle in Khan Younis.

A child was also wounded in the airstrike.

Earlier, Adham Muhammad Abdul-Fattah al-Abdul succumbed to wounds sustained in Gaza City. Hanadi Hamdi Muammar, 27, was killed in Israeli airstrikes on Khan Younis early Monday.

Over 60 Palestinians were injured overnight as warplanes bombarded homes, abandoned military bases and agricultural areas across the territory.

Al-Noor Mosque in Deir al-Balah was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike and a government building was hit in Gaza City.

There was shelling reported in Beit Lahiya, in the far north, where Israel had earlier warned residents of an impending assault.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon said "too many" Palestinian civilians have been killed, as the Palestinian death toll from the punishing Israeli campaign hit 172 with another 1,230 people wounded.

Ban also urged Israel to scrap plans for a potentially devastating ground offensive, fears of which have sent over 17,000 Gazans fleeing from the north.

Israeli media reported that a security cabinet meeting ended late Sunday with no orders for a ground assault.

Israeli army radio quoted security sources "at the most senior level" as saying that there were "four channels for attempts to reach a ceasefire -- Qatar, the Palestinian Authority, the Americans and the Egyptians."

As the death toll rose, the Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights said most of the victims were civilians, putting their number at more than 130, among them 35 children and 26 women.

Clashes erupted in central Paris as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of Gazans. Protesters also rallied across Asia to condemn the Israeli offensive, with 3,000 gathering in Sydney and hundreds more in Hong Kong, New Delhi and Jakarta.

AFP contributed to this report
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