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Family killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza City
Published Monday 19/11/2012 (updated) 20/11/2012 17:03
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Palestinians carry the dead body of a child evacuated from under
the rubble of a house after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City
November 18, 2012.(Reuters/Suhaib Salem)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Israeli airstrike on a home in the northern Gaza Strip killed a family of four on Monday evening, as Israel shelled the coastal enclave for a sixth day.

Four-year-old twin boys Suhaib and Muhammad were killed instantly when their home in Beit Lahiya was hit by an airstrike. Their parents Foad Hijazi and Amna Hijazi died in hospital. Eighteen people were reported injured in the attack.

Neighbors contacted by Reuters said Hejazi did not belong to any militant group, nor did any organisation claim him as one of their members.

Two firefighters and a paramedic were also injured when a wall of the home fell on them.

Another Israeli airstrike late Monday hit a home in Rafah in south Gaza, killing two teenage brothers and wounded 14 others, two seriously.

Medics identified the brothers as Ahmad Tawfiq al-Nasasra, 17, and Muhammad al-Nasasra, 15.

Thirty-three Palestinians were killed in Gaza on Monday and Israeli shelling intensified across the enclave in the evening.

The bombing of the Hijazi family home comes a day after an airstrike flattened a home in Gaza City, killing 11 members of the al-Dalou family and two neighbors.

Thousands turned out on Gaza's streets to mourn four children and five women of the al-Dalou family.

The bodies were wrapped in Palestinian and Hamas flags. Echoes of explosions mixed with cries of grief and defiant chants of "God is greatest."

Earlier Monday, Israeli forces bombed a tower block that houses several international media offices in Gaza City for the second day. A spokesman of Islamic Jihad's military wing and a 53-year-old civilian were killed.

Israeli attacks on Gaza have killed 115 people and injured over 900 since "Operation Pillar of Cloud" began on Wednesday.

Reuters contributed to this report
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1 ) Ala / Ra
19/11/2012 23:05
This is bad

2 ) ian / australia
20/11/2012 04:16
When will Israel declare Operation: Pillar of Cloud Mission Accomplished? When the UN upgrade is called off or defeated? When rocket fire from Gaza ends? Or Hamas toppled? Or everyone dead? If so, it could be a while yet. If they redefined it though, say, to when Israel has become the most loathed entity on earth, or when people universally are horrified and bewildered by its capacity for evil...well, they could crack out the champagne and streamers straightaway.

3 ) Rana / Amman
20/11/2012 07:09
Has the UN ever done anything to Palestine?

4 ) Heba / Ramallah
20/11/2012 07:13
Palestinians have long have said: If western reporters simply reported from Palestine, reality would speak for itself.

5 ) Azzi (from) / Gazzi
26/11/2012 04:27
Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of one of the founders of the Hamas terrorist organization and author of the book “Son of Hamas,” said on Friday that Israel made a mistake by agreeing to a ceasefire with Gaza’s terrorist rulers.

6 ) Firoz Bari / India
16/07/2014 21:47
Isreal stop air attack on palestin.it is the confliction between two countries and america plays a crucial role from background. Americ is a cower,terrorist,offensive element. All islami country come for help of palestin. We stand for huminty, we stand for GAZA. Insaallah i will pray for ceacefire.
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