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Israeli airstrikes kill 3 Palestinians in Rafah

Aug. 26, 2014 6:42 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 28, 2014 7:23 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Israeli airstrike killed three Palestinians in the al-Jneinah neighborhood in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip Tuesday, shortly before a ceasefire agreement was due to go into effect.

Witnesses told Ma'an that several people were injured in the raid and were taken to Abu Yousif al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah. Medical sources named the victims as Yousif Ghannam, Muhammad al-Ribati and Ahmad Jarbu, all in their 20s.

The airstrike brought the death toll on Tuesday, the 51st day of the assault, to 10 and the total death toll to 2,141.

Earlier, an Israeli airstrike on Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip killed 22-year-old Muhammad Zaanin and injured several others.

A Ma'an reporter quoted witnesses as saying that an Israeli reconnaissance drone fired a missile at a group of people in Beit Hanoun killing Zaanin instantly.

Six Palestinians were killed earlier in Israeli airstrikes, witnesses said.

In the latest airstrikes, two employees from a local electricity company were killed when Israel targeted their car.

The victims were identified as Tamer Hamad and Muhammad Thaher.

Another two unidentified Palestinians were killed when an airstrike targeted a group of people in the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City.

A fire broke out in the area following the attack.

Earlier, Muhammad Muin Abu Ajwa and Hasan Omar al-Sawwaf were killed in airstrikes targeting central Gaza City.

Israel also targeted a 16-storey mixed-use complex known as "Little Italy", causing its complete collapse, witnesses said.

Warplanes also fired on the 14-storey al-Basha building in the western Rimal neighborhood, causing massive damage and wounding another 15 people, witnesses and medics said.

Part of the building was used by Sawt Al-Shaab radio, or "Voice of the People", run by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
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