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4 killed in Israeli strikes ahead of Gaza ceasefire

Aug. 10, 2014 9:00 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 12, 2014 11:17 A.M.)
GAZA (Ma'an) -- Four Palestinians were killed and several others were injured Sunday in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip hours ahead of a new 72-hour ceasefire expected to come into effect at midnight.

Hassan Kawaree, Omar Jarbou, and a third unidentified man were killed in an airstrike that targeted a motorbike in Khan Younis.

Earlier Saqir Rayhan, 45, was killed and four others were injured in an airstrike on Beer al-Naaja in northwestern Gaza. They were taken to Kamal Adwan Hospital.

Israeli airstrikes also targeted the house of Gaza City mayor Nizar Hijazi, the al-Atar family home in al-Atatra, and the Abu Rabie family home in northern Gaza.

Anwar Mustafa al-Zaaneen, 43, died at al-Shifa hospital of injuries sustained in shelling in the northern Gaza Strip. He worked for the al-Mizan human rights organization.

Another Israeli airstrike targeted the al-Mazeen family home in Khan Younis.

Three Palestinians were injured in attacks on the same city.

Also, four Palestinians were injured in an airstrike targeting the home of Samir al-Halabi in Beit Lahiya.

Israeli jets targeted the Shamlakh family home in the vicinity of Sheikh Ajleen mosque in western Gaza.

The death toll for Sunday reached 18 by nightfall, including 10 bodies that were pulled from under the rubble of previous attacks.
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