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Israeli airstrikes kill dozens in Gaza
Published Thursday 10/07/2014 (updated) 12/07/2014 16:16
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Palestinians inspect damages following an Israeli air strike in Gaza
City on July 10, 2014.(AFP/Mohammed Abed)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes across the besieged Gaza Strip killed over 30 Palestinians overnight Wednesday and Thursday, including a family of eight.

The latest Palestinian to die, Abdullah Abu Majrouq, from al-Qassam Brigades, was killed in airstrike on his motorbike in Deir al-Balah.

An eight-year-old was killed in an airstrike in al-Hakar area in Deir al-Balah. The boy, Abdul Rahman Khattab, was killed after an Israeli airstrike on his home.

Israeli warplanes fired a missile at a car in the northern Gaza Strip killing three Palestinians. A medical official confirmed that the remains of the victims were taken to Kamal Udwan Hospital.

Two of the men were identified as Mahmoud Waloud and Hazim Balousha.

One man was killed after an airstrike targeted a motorcycle south of Gaza City and another man Ahmed Zaher Hamdan died from his injuries after Israel targeted a group of men in Jabaliya.

A four-year-old baby girl, Yasmin Muhammad al-Mutawwaq, also succumbed to wounds sustained in an Israeli airstrike on Khan Younis overnight.

Ismail Abu Jami, 19, was killed in a strike on Khan Younis and Abdullah Ramadan Abu Ghazal, five, was killed in an Israeli airstrike on Beit Lahiya, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said.

Israeli warplanes also targeted a residential house in al-Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, with no injuries reported.

In the southern Gaza Strip, an Israeli missile hit a residential building in Rafah. Three men were injured in a car traveling near the building.

Three men were injured, one seriously, in an airstrike targeting a motorcycle in Rafah. Another airstrike struck Gaza City, injuring two, while another airstrike targeted al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza.

Earlier, an airstrike hit a car in al-Nafaq street in Gaza City, killing three and injuring four.

Bahaa Abu al-Leil, 35, Wisam Qandil and Amir al-Fayoumi were identified as the victims. Islamic Jihad said in a statement that the men were fighters with the al-Quds Brigades.

Early Thursday, Israeli warplanes targeted a building in Khan Younis, killing eight members of the al-Hajj family. Over 30 people were injured in the strike.

Most of the victims were children, al-Qidra said, adding that Israeli forces bombed the building without a warning or asking them to evacuate.

Tariq al-Hajj, Najla al-Hajj, Aminah al-Hajj, Saad al-Hajj, Omar al-Hajj, Aminah al-Hajj, and Basimah al-Hajj, 57, were named as the victims.

Earlier, nine Palestinians were killed and at least 10 injured when Israel targeted Waqt al-Marah coffee shop on a Khan Younis beach.

Locals said dozens of people were watching the World Cup semi-final game when Israel fired a missile at the crowd.

Muhammad Khalid Qannan, his brother Ibrahim, Hamdi Kamil Sawali, Suleiman al-Astal, Ahmad al-Astal, Mousa al-Astal and Muhammad al-Aqqad were identified as some of the victims.

Muhammad Ihsan Farawneh, 18, was found dead on Thursday under the rubble of the cafe.

Another airstrike in the al-Zawayda village in central Gaza killed four members of the Shalat family; a couple and two children.

The car had 'TV' clearly marked in red paint on the bonnet of the vehicle.

Early on Thursday the Israeli military said that during the course of the preceding day, "at least 82 rockets hit Israel" and 21 were intercepted.

The Israeli army said it launched raids on "322 targets" overnight, taking the total number of Hamas targets hit to 750.

The United Nations Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on the crisis from 10:00 a.m., with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon due to give the latest about the situation on the ground, followed by closed-door consultations between the Council's 15 member states.

The meeting follows a request by Arab envoys.

Ban called the new wave of violence "one of the most critical tests the region has faced in recent years".

"Gaza is on a knife edge. The deteriorating situation is leading to a downward spiral which could quickly get beyond anyone's control," he said.

"The risk of violence expanding further still is real. Gaza, and the region as a whole, cannot afford another full-blown war."
1 ) Tristian Aleron / Scotland
10/07/2014 16:04
Scottish Government today condemned Israel's "collective punishment" and is showing solidarity with the Palestinians by calling on the war wounded in Gaza to be treated in Scottish Hospitals ... the first Western Government to stand up for the oppressed ... shame on the Westminster cowards. (Team Palestina shared link from Yvonne Ridley/Facebook)

2 ) JoeFattal / USA
10/07/2014 16:04
I believe Israel is letting the rockets launchers fire their rockets and depends on the Iron dome to intercept them. And is hitting civilian targets instead.

3 ) Micahel / USA
10/07/2014 19:07
I've seen the Palestinians dress their babies up as suicide bombers and march them in parades --- so they are completely fair game. Gaza should be proud they sent 180 missiles AIMED at citizens of Israel and have not hit ONE. What a top notch government body you have. Good for Israel for having the BETTER AIM. I need to go count my money now.... by by

4 ) Hamas is firing like crazy / rockets to Jerusalem
10/07/2014 19:26
beer sheva bet shemesh kabatyiah you name it--they NEED A BIG SCORE but that stupid Yarmulka is swarting their plans

5 ) philippe / france
11/07/2014 16:32
Shame on Israel. How can the illegal take-over of Palestine and the genocide of palestinians carry on while the world watches Israel steal more and more land and park people in ghettoes ? Israel will never know peace.

6 ) Eternal Israel / USA
11/07/2014 19:27
Jews defend themselves and the world gnashes their teeth.

7 ) Malone / Hfx
11/07/2014 19:54
What is wrong with you people?? stop the rockets..Hamas leadership hiding under hospitals and schools know ing Israel won;t target them..the ground troops will dig them out though,just like Saddam in his rat hole..these arab leaders are so brave

8 ) Mel / USA
11/07/2014 20:00
#3:Micahel?/USA:And you don't think Zionist Israel does SAME to their kids,from kindergarten up to enlistment age?Have you seen walls of Jewish nurseries & schools in Israel?They're FILLED with'patriotic'Zionist indoctrination("Who Wants to Kill Us",banners)&military recruiters/teachers pushing Merklava tanks&F-16's on young Israeli boys,while enticing Jewish girls into uniform,2B field"mattresses"for their"warriors"(with specially adjusted uniforms)to keep the"warriors"happy(wink wink).Ask THEM

9 ) Khaleel / Pakistan
11/07/2014 23:05
I am really very depressed to see such a fucking habit of Israeli's Oh..! Israeli's...You Should get the hang of the matter...and don't Worry Allah Almighty Is Have An Eye On you..You Would Be Highly Punished By Allah Almighty ( GOD ) One Day...So Be Ready To Face That.... And You Are Really Such A rascal Israel...! :( :(

10 ) Tibi / Tubas
12/07/2014 03:38
- Hamas has so over-played their hand this time, and Their bluff has been called by the Israelis !! - Now, Hamas' Only Option Is Throwing Away More Lives, Or Finally Considering Talks, Peace, And Compromise !!

11 ) Malone / Hfx
12/07/2014 13:21
Go IDF,,do it right this time

12 ) Sarah / Gaza
13/07/2014 00:57

13 ) Outlier / USA
13/07/2014 23:19
When Hamas and its proxies declare and follow through on a cease fire, then the airstrikes and killing will stop. Not until.
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