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Over 70 Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks early Wednesday
Published Wednesday 30/07/2014 (updated) 31/07/2014 16:09
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A Palestinian hugs his father who was wounded in an Israeli strike on
a compound housing a UN school in Jabaliya refugee camp in the
northern Gaza Strip, following their arrival at the Kamal Edwan
hospital in Beit Lahia on July 30, 2014 (AFP Mohammed Abed)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- At least 70 Palestinians have been killed and 110 injured in Israeli attacks since midnight Wednesday on the 23rd day of the Gaza offensive, according to the Ministry of Health.

In the most devastating attack, at least 16 people were killed when an Israeli artillery shell hit a UN school in the northern Gaza Strip.

The shell struck Abu Hussein school in Jabaliya refugee camp, which was sheltering hundreds of newly-displaced Palestinians.

In another attack later Wednesday morning, four Palestinian children and three others, all from the Khalili family, were killed in an Israeli shelling on the al-Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City.

The Israeli army said in a statement around 8:00 a.m. that it had targeted "75 terror sites in the Gaza Strip" overnight.

The latest killings brought the number of dead since the start of Israel's assault on Gaza to more than 1,300, according to health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra.

UN figures indicate at least three quarters of the dead were civilians.

The more than 240 Palestinian children who have died represent at least 29 percent of civilian casualties, the United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF, said in a statement, adding that another six children in Israel had been wounded from Gaza rocket fire.

So far, UN figures show more than 215,000 people have fled their homes in a territory which is home to 1.7 million Palestinians, leaving one in eight people homeless.

Many have taken shelter at schools run by UNRWA, a number of which have been hit by shells in the past week.

Ceasefire prospects

The PLO said it had garnered the Hamas movement's support for a 24-hour truce, but did not say when it was expected to start.

President Mahmoud Abbas had been in touch with exiled Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal on Monday and Tuesday and had "proposed the 24 hour truce," senior Palestinian official Nabil Shaath told AFP on Tuesday.

"Meshaal and Hamas agreed."

But Hamas said it had not so far agreed to any new truce and was waiting for Israel to show its hand first.

"When we have an Israeli commitment ... on a humanitarian truce, we will look into it but we will never declare a truce from our side while the occupation keeps killing our children," spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said.

Palestinian factions in Gaza have repeatedly insisted they would not except any long-term ceasefire that did not stipulate the lifting of the siege on Gaza.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had asked for fresh help from Washington in trying to broker a ceasefire.

"Last night we talked, and the prime minister talked to me about an idea and a possibility of a ceasefire," Kerry said on Tuesday.

Netanyahu had said he "would embrace a ceasefire that permits Israel to protect itself against the tunnels and obviously not be disadvantaged for the great sacrifice they have made thus far."

Palestinian paramedics rush a woman wounded in an Israeli military
strike on July 29, 2014 to the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahia (AFP Marco Longari)

Latest killings

Al-Qidra provided a continuous account of the deaths and injuries across the Gaza Strip Wednesday.

He identified some of those killed in the shelling on the UN school as Issam Jaber al-Khatib, Said Abu Jalala, Taysir Hammad, Luay al-Feiri, Bassem Khalid al-Najjar, Thair Khalid al-Najjar, Usama Muhammad Suhweil, Bilal Midhat al-Amudi, Muhammad Moussa Ghabn, Adel Muhammad Abu Qamar, Abdullah Midhat al-Amudi, Ramadan Khader Salman, Alaa Khader Salman, Ali Ahmad Shahin, and Rami Barakat.

The bodies were taken to Kamal Adwan hospital in Jabaliya and al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City.

Four more Palestinians were killed and 40 were injured in a later Israeli attack on Jabaliya.

In the latest attacks on the Strip, 35-year-old Masira Muhammad al-Taaban was killed when his home was targeted in al-Zwaya village.

Additionally, Ammar Suleiman Ali al-Masdar, 31, and Hamza Yassir Muhammad Muheisin, 23, add Taysir Sababa, 22, were killed in Israeli attacks.

Earlier, seven people were killed as Israeli shelling targeted the Maan area in Khan Younis.

The dead were identified as Maryam Ahmad Hijazi, Ibrahim Mustafa al-Ghalban, Ismail Mahmoud al-Ghalban, Salah Hijazi, and Subhiyeh Ibrahim Hijazi. Another woman killed in the attack has yet to be identified.

Additionally, Ramadan Abu Jazar and his cousin Zein Abu Jazar were killed in an Israeli attack in eastern Rafah.

Earlier, a man in al-Zwaida in central Gaza was killed in an Israeli attack, while at around the same time a woman was killed in Deir al-Balah.

Another seven Palestinians were killed when Israeli shelling targeted the Abu Amer family home in Khan Younis.

They were identified as Ahmad Suleiman Abu Amer, his wife Muna Hajjad Abu Amer, and their children, Marwa, Marah, Suleiman, and Yasser.

Mona Hajaj Abu Amer was also killed in the shelling.

Additionally, 10 members of a single family were killed as Israeli forces shelled a building housing several members of the al-Astal family in Khan Younis.

They were identified as Ali Mahmoud al-Astal, 23, Khalid Salim al-Astal, 26, Muhammad Salim al-Astal, 26, Ramzi Ibrahim al-Astal, 21, Odeh Ali al-Astal, 25, Ahmad Muhammad Suleiman al-Astal, 26, Ahmad Ibrahim Ali al-Astal, Khalil Ibrahim Ali al-Astal, Izz al-Din Jaber Muhammad al-Astal, and Muhammad Mahmoud Muhammad al-Astal.

Some 25 other Palestinians were injured in the attack.

A Palestinian was killed in Israeli shelling targeting al-Nasser neighborhood in eastern Rafah.

Another unidentified Palestinian was also killed in Rafah.

Walid Shihda Marzouq Muammar, 51, was killed in an Israeli shelling targeting eastern Rafah.

Additionally, Sujud Abdulhakim Elayyan, 11, was killed in an Israeli shelling targeting Jaffa Street. Elayyan was physically disabled and used a wheelchair.

Another 19 Palestinians were killed in various Israeli airstrikes across the Gaza Strip.

AFP contributed to this report.
1 ) Humphrey Sunnington-Brydon / UK
30/07/2014 12:57
"We know that Hamas uses human shields. But why would you report this when you are sitting in the middle of the Gaza Strip, surrounded by Hamas gunmen?" – Reporter covering the war, who asked not to be identified* *”How the media is helping Hamas” by Basam Tawil, The Gatestone Institute, July 27, 2014.

2 ) Al-Shifa Hospital / Gaza
30/07/2014 13:08
Hamas has sacrificed their own people.

3 ) Olivia / France
30/07/2014 13:12
Al-Shifa Hosptal: Hamas has not sacrificed it's own people. It has sacrificed it's own children and grandmothers.

4 ) hamas is happy / the more pictures
30/07/2014 13:34
the more billions from Qatar!

5 ) Choose Wisely, & / Accept Responsibility
30/07/2014 14:33
GAZA CAN CHOOSE to live in PEACE With Israel at any time, and
-1- If Gaza wants to live in Peace, then they need to replace their Hamas government forever committed the "Resistance", which causes this situation to repeat itself every couple of years, and prevent peace & prosperity, Or
-2- If Gaza does Not want to live in Peace, then they, and the World,
should stop complaining about the death and destruction that Hamas'
rocket-tunnel resistance brings upon them again and again !!

6 ) how come NO HAMAS LEADER / is seen for the last
30/07/2014 14:35
23 days? They hide behind hospitals and schools and send their poor citizen to die for them What a culture

7 ) fpm / USA
30/07/2014 14:38
obviously Netanyahu wants to continue to annihilate as many Palestinians as he possibly can, he wants to continue to kill them even after a humanitarian truce, he wants to continue his land grabs and he wants Kerry to agree to it all. It looks to me like, Hamas has had it with Israel & it's supporters and no longer believes anything they say. Can you blame them?

8 ) Terry / Latvia
30/07/2014 17:53
Israel continues to shell UN schools and kill children. They call it self defense and its supporters keep cheering them in the comments section of this site and just refers to Khamas, Khamas. All is Khamas fault according to these Zionists supporting war crimes. Self defense from what? You are occupying Gaza's air space, borders, buffert zones and sea. And the US Congress supports it, calling it defense. This is surreal. One day you all will be avenged.

9 ) Mel / USA
30/07/2014 18:12
RT News,here in USA, just interviewed Dr.Nafiz Abu Shaban from Shifa Hospital Burns/Plastic surgery unit showing a tiny girl with MASSIVE BURNS to her whole body & a woman in the next bed also in critical condition.AMONG SO MANY MORE innocent victims of Israel's 9/11 on Gaza,AGAIN! My heart goes out to Dr.Shaban,for his courage.And all Gazan's who display courage only barbarian Israel can ONLY EVER DREAM OFF.Send the Gaza hospital,power-plant,water bills STRAIGHT TO OBAMA &Kerry!Israeli b*stards

10 ) Najib / India
30/07/2014 19:26
Israel cannot destroy Hamas as they are fighting for their home country. We support Gaza people who fight against Israel

11 ) n bibi / uk
30/07/2014 19:53
Some of the above comments are ridiculous, anyone with half a brain can work out what devious Israel is upto. Some people really do need to look up into the history of palestine/Israel before posting such posts. Israel is committing war crimes, and they seem to be vetting away with murder. Shame on all the leaders.

12 ) Paidi Campbell / Ireland
30/07/2014 21:20
Everyone I know is sick to their stomachs with what is being done to the Palestinian people. Wake up people and stop listening to the Zionist propaganda. If you can't read, look at the pictures!!!!! Look at the map from 1945 to today! Israel has been murdering these people for decades! Learn about the settlements and the blockades. We all know by Government and media silence who has been bought! We know who feeds Israel their weapons! Israel is the bully, defended by the Principal USA!

13 ) Goldberg / NY, USA
30/07/2014 23:05
This just shows how stupid Bibi's idiot supporters are. Gaza is 139 square miles and 1.8 million people live in it. When you shoot a missle at any location in Gaza there will always be a causality. It's shooting fish in a water Barrel.If you have another lie please make one up that makes sense don't insult our intelligence.

14 ) @ Paidi-12 / USA
31/07/2014 15:46
I too am sick to my stomach with what is being done too, but war is always sickening, and you should "WAKE UP" TO what the PALESTINIAN people did:
-1- They joined their Arab brothers in trying to destroy the Jewish state, and "drive the Jews into the sea" in both 1948 & 1967, and after those ATTEMPTS at two Jewish GENOCIDES failed,
-2- They (PLO) engaged in decades of TERRORISM, and after this failed,
-3- They (Hamas, & numerous others) engaged in years of WAR CRIMES.
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