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26 Gazans killed by Israel since sunset, bringing Friday total to 63
Published Friday 18/07/2014 (updated) 19/07/2014 15:46
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Imad and Qassim Alwan lie dead in a Gaza hospital after they were
killed in Israeli shelling (MaanImages).
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Twenty-six Palestinians including eight members of a single family were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on Friday evening, while the death of a young man wounded earlier in the week brought the total number of deaths in Israel's 11-day long assault to 298 and more than 2,200 injured.

The deaths bring the total killed since the beginning of the ground invasion late Thursday night to 63, as deaths and injuries across the besieged coastal enclave soared on the first day of the assault in both the northern and southern regions of the territory.

Of the 63 killed since the beginning of the Israeli invasion, 26 died after Gazans broke their fast at sunset on Friday evening as Israeli air strikes pounded the Strip.

Eight members of the Abu Jrad family including four children were killed when a missile struck their home in Beit Hanoun including Naim Musa Abu Jrad, 23, Abd Musa Abu Jrad, 30, Siham Musa Abu Jrad, 26, Rija Aliyan Abu Jrad, and four children: Haniyah Abd al-Rahman Abu Jrad, Samih Naim Abu Jrad, Musa Abd al-Rahman Abu Jrad, 6 months, and Ahlam Musa Abu Jrad.

Four members of the Shaath family were killed and four were injured including one seriously after an air strike on their home in the Hayy al-Manara neighborhood of Khan Younis around 10:30 p.m.

Three members of the Abu Sneineh family were also killed in a strike on their home in eastern Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip and three others were injured. The dead were named by Gaza medical authorities as: Faysal Abu Sneineh, 32, Emad Faysal Abu Sneineh, 18, and Nizar Fayez Abu Sneineh, 38.

Muhammad Talal al-Saneh, 20, died around 10:30 p.m. as a result of an Israeli attack, Palestinian Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said.

Ismail Ramadan Salmi, 23, was brought dead to the Gaza European Hospital, while Ghassan Salem Abu Musa Abu Azzab, 28, and his brother Muhammad Salam Abu Musa Abu Azzab, 19, from Hayy al-Manara in Khan Younis also died as a result of an Israeli attack.

Muhammad Saad Mahmoud Abu Saadeh was killed in an Israeli airstrike in eastern Khan Younis on Friday evening.

Hamza Mohammad Abu Hussein, 27, was killed in an airstrike on eastern Rafah on Friday evening, while Mohammad Abu Sa'da was killed in an artillery shelling eastern Khan Younis.

Imad and Qassim Alwan, both children, were killed as a result of artillery shelling in eastern Gaza City.

Rizk Ahmad al-Hayk, 2, perished in air strikes in Shawwa Square in Gaza City, while Sarah Muhammad Bustan, 13, was killed in Hayy al-Tuffah in Gaza City.

Yusif Ibrahim Hasan al-Astal, 23, died of wounds he sustained in Khan Younis a week ago.

Israel launched Operation Protective Edge 11 days ago in what it said was an attempt to halt rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, which had increased in the weeks prior after Israel launched a massive assault against Hamas in the West Bank.

That assault -- which left around 10 dead, 130 injured, and 600 Hamas-affiliated individual in Israeli prisons -- came in response to the kidnapping and death of three Israeli youth in June, which Israel accused Hamas of involvement in.

Hamas has denied any involvement in the killings, and has instead accused Israel of exploiting the deaths to launch an all out assault on the group, one of the few in Palestine that maintains an armed wing capable of attacking Israel.
1 ) Uncle Bob / USA
18/07/2014 23:24
it is so important to hit the teeming Gaza City without delay, because Hamas has buried its core infrastructure under the crowded town center: Housed in a fortified bunker complex are its command and control, its communications systems and its longest-range weapons, which are held ready to strike after an Israeli invasion.

2 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
18/07/2014 23:26
About a hundred Palestinians would be alive if Hamas had accepted the Egyptian truce proposal. Hamas says it will make Israel pay a heavy price. It seems Israel is making Hamas pay a heavy price, instead.

3 ) @ Bob-1 & Rondo-2 / \ Tobias/USA
19/07/2014 02:19
-1- If Hamas had longest-range weapons it would probably be using them, and Israel will NOT become a war criminal, like Hamas, so if it goes into Gaza City at all, there will be "delays", to inform civilians to leave !! -2- BRAVO RONDO !! "If Hamas had accepted the Egyptian truce proposal, then 100 Palestinians would still be alive".

4 ) TUSA / USA
19/07/2014 06:29
Looks like Israel's PR team is out in full force. They are easy to spot (mostly hired university kids in Israel --see above commentors)....scouring the web for message boards and articles to defend Israel on will not be enough to hide the truth of what your country is doing.

5 ) please stay away from / terrorists and their ammunitio
19/07/2014 08:40
and you will be safe Israel will defend itself against Hamas no matter what the price. better realize this sooner than later

6 ) 13 tunnels exposed so far / less then 50%
19/07/2014 09:13
but the information gleaned from terrorists captured is yielding good clues to unveil more this in 24 hours is considred success by the Israelis

7 ) BE fair / jordan
19/07/2014 10:41
HOW about what the blockade the isreal doing isnt this evil act toward humanity. IM not palestinian but went for visit and saw the struggle palestinuan going through. WE need to be fair enough

8 ) Qassam - Twitter / Follower
19/07/2014 12:54
Israel is obviously upset by Hamas PR success, because the Qassam Twitter feed in English has now been suspended. Must be because it went from 1.5K followers to 12 in a few days. Didn't that happen before? Must be all those graphic pictures it showed of civilian casualties & house demolitions, because there was no offensive as such, 'militant' speak on the feed.

9 ) @ TUSA-4 / \ Tobias/USA
19/07/2014 15:28
Your hate blinds you to "the truth," but * Rondo-2 has the facts correct, "If Hamas had accepted the Egyptian truce proposal, then 100 Palestinians would still be alive", and * Here's one more from me, If Hamas had NOT restarted launching their war crime rockets, then there would have been NO WAR, and - 300 Palestinians would still be alive, and - 3,000 Palestinians would Not have been injured.

10 ) ian / australia
19/07/2014 15:37
#2 "About a hundred Palestinians would be alive if Hamas had accepted the Egyptian truce proposal." You seem strangely deluded about the objectives of the current operation, Rondo Mondo. The aims are clear: destroy the Unity Government, demonise Hamas (who hadn't done anything particularly wrong lately except SUPPORT a government which recognised Israel and renounced violence), derail Palestinian statehood and generally keep Palestinians divided, desperate and, above all, VIOLENT.

11 ) ian / australia
19/07/2014 15:38
(contd.) That's the goal. To incite, prolong and ENTRENCH violence AGAINST Israel. Not to end it. So, you see, the "hundred Palestinians" who, in your estimation, would still be alive if Hamas had accepted the truce, would have had to be killed some other way. To achieve the goal. It seems you just don't understand Israel, Rondo Mondo (or why it's loathed throughout the world).

12 ) Abraham Grandia / The Netherlands
19/07/2014 15:44
Let us mourn instead blaming Hamas. That is too cheap. Let us mourn. In the eyes of God a Palestinian has then same value as an Israelian.

13 ) @ "Fair" (#7) & / "Evil"
19/07/2014 15:46
"Fairness" has never been offered to Israel, where: - It was invaded on the very first day of it's existence, and - It has been terrorized ever since (most recently 3 kidnapped-murdered teenagers), which caused all the "blockade", checkpoints, etc., and - It has been attacked with war crime rockets launched at it's cities, towns, and villages, which caused the last two wars too !!! * CONSIDER the above, and Reconsider JUDGING: - Israel So Harshly, & * ISLAMIC MILITANTS Not at all.
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