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Deadly airstrikes on seventh day of Gaza assault
Published Monday 14/07/2014 (updated) 16/07/2014 21:25
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Palestinians stand looking at smoke billowing from a nearby
building hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City on July 13, 2014
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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
1 ) JoeFattal / USA
14/07/2014 10:34
Israel is not going to do a ground offensive. They will have many casualties among their ground forces, and over that Hamas will still launch their rockets and the Israeli airforce will be useless for any airstrike for fear to hit their own forces. So airstrikes will continue, Hamas will continue to launch their rockets, and more civilians will die in the crossfire.

2 ) ben Zalman / USA
14/07/2014 19:47
Hamas started the rocket blitz so clearly all Arab blood will be on their hands. This logic of "we get to attack you indiscriminately and then cry fowl when you defend yourselves" logic doesnt work with most people of the modern world. Surely the true Muslims know that Hashem has given this land to the Jews. Arabs are from Arabia. The land the Pali Arabs live in is called "Judea". Would anybody like to guess who the original inhabitants of Judea were? Anybody??

3 ) Yurgensen / Israel
14/07/2014 20:32
All hamas has to do in order to stop getting his ass kicked is to Stop firing rockets into israel, but terrorist minds work difrently.

4 ) Tibi / Tubas
14/07/2014 20:49
7 days could become 7 weeks, and
7 weeks could become 7 months, and
7 months could become 7 years, and
Nothing Will Change For Gaza,
Until Hamas Wants Peace !!

5 ) Outlier / USA
14/07/2014 21:19
1., Joe, a local radio host in my town always ends his broadcast with "Be kind to your neighbor. He knows where you live." Israel knows where most of Hamas' and Islamic Jihad's leaders live and those not visited by a "tap on the roof" almost certainly will be visited by a small, highly mobile and very stealthy Israeli strike force within weeks unless Hamas declares a ceasefire.

6 ) Mel / USA
14/07/2014 21:48
O'glorious'Zionism,'enlightened'Zionism,just bombed the house of the Abu Issa family & killed their 4 DAY OLD 'terrorist' baby! And all the 186 DEAD & 1,391 injured Gazan civilians(so far)MUST ALL be"terrorists",because Israel can SEE THEM SO CLOSELY thru their Drone & thermal cameras? Gosh,the mother of the 4 DAYS-old baby must've been carrying a ROCKET in her hand instead of a MILK BOTTLE?Nasty BABY terrorist,eh Israel? PUKE ON YOU! END THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION.GO GAZA! SUMUD! You will prevail!

7 ) Qassam / Gaza, Ps
14/07/2014 21:56
"...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."... - Well as two of those are already out of the equation, I guess that leaves Egypt & Qatar!! Sooner rather than later in shah Allah.

8 ) Mel / USA
14/07/2014 22:13
SHAME ON U Israel!Shame on U! O,how you must LOVE doing what the Nazi's did,b4,to U!?"No Israeli's have been killed"!
SHAME ON YOU D.C. for funding/arming this ETHNOCIDE & collective punishment! Never COME TO US for help Zionist Israel. You are an INSULT TO EVERYTHING that is GOOD!
http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/14/israel_targets_civilians_the_casualties_speak?autostart=true http://www.democracynow.org/2014/7/14/norwegian_physician_treating_wounded_civilians_stop

9 ) spb / usa
14/07/2014 22:22
take away women and children used as human shield we are talking on less than 50% civilians to militants terrorists ration. in Afghanistan it is 4:1 ratio. in iraq and syria it is most likely 25:1 ratio. this is why IDF is the highest moral army

10 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
14/07/2014 22:45
Stop the rockets, disarm Hamas and other factions and there could be peace. Resistance is futile and deadly to Gazans. Israel protects their citizens Jewish, Christian, Druze and Arab with its missiles, Hamas protects its missiles with the Arab people of Gaza.

11 ) maria / usa
15/07/2014 02:45
It's really shameful to see ignorant humans here talking about terrorists killing innocent children in Palestine. The only terrorists are Zionists - What would you do if someone knocked on your door one day and said "this is now my house, get out". If you had any self respect you would fight for your land, your home - that is exactly what Palestinians are doing.
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