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Death toll reaches 17 as Israel targets northern Gaza
Published Tuesday 08/07/2014 (updated) 09/07/2014 01:42
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes on the northern Gaza Strip killed six Palestinians on Tuesday evening, bringing the total death toll in Israel's latest assault on the besieged enclave to 17.

A child was killed and two others wounded in an airstrike on the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City in the early evening.

Suleiman Salman Abu al-Sawaween, 30, was killed and another critically injured in an airstrike on al-Qarara, north of Khan Younis.

Ahmad Moussa Habib, 48, and Ahmad Ahed Habib, 19, were killed after an airstrike targeted a tuk-tuk vehicle in the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood in Gaza City, medics said.

Fakhri Saleh Ajjouri was reported killed after an airstrike targeted a motorcycle near Abraj al-Sheikh Zayed in the northern Gaza Strip.

Earlier, seven Palestinians were killed and 25 were severely injured in an Israeli airstrike targeting a house in the southern Gaza Strip, a medical official said.

An eight-year-old child, Siraj Iyad al-Abdel, later died from injuries sustained in the airstrike.

A missile slammed into the house in Khan Younis after people had reportedly formed a human shield to protect it, killing seven people, including two children.

Witnesses said an Israeli drone fired a warning flare, prompting relatives and neighbors to gather at the house as a human shield and that, shortly afterwards, an F-16 warplane fired a missile that leveled the building.

The house belonged to the al-Kaware family.

Abduallah Kaware, Mohammad Ashour, 13, Riyadh Kaware, Mahmoud Judeh, Bakir Mahmoud Judeh, 22, Ammar Mohammad Judeh, 22, and Hussein Mohammad Kaware, 14, were killed.

"The Khan Younis massacre... of children is a horrendous war crime, and all Israelis have now become legitimate targets for the resistance," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said on Facebook.




Prior to the deaths in Gaza City, the body of Rashad Yassin, from al-Nuseirat refugee camp, was found under the rubble of a destroyed house in central Gaza.

Yassin is reportedly affiliated with Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades.

At least 100 Palestinians have been injured since late Monday in military action dubbed Operation Protective Edge, with Palestinian security sources putting the number of airstrikes at more than 70.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri warned Israel was "playing with fire" and would pay for its ongoing operations.

Since midnight, militants in Gaza have fired more than 100 rockets, an Israeli army spokeswoman told AFP, saying only around 33 of them had hit Israeli territory.
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1 ) Well / Deserved
08/07/2014 20:10
Hamas and Gaza are getting what they were asking for some time. I wonder why they do not look happy now - they got what they wanted.

2 ) ann / USA
08/07/2014 20:10
kill any Zionist you see, kill abbas he is with the Zionist, he is their puppet

3 ) Playing With Fire / Hamastan
08/07/2014 20:17
Hamas has hoisted itself and all of Gaza on its own petard. It is Hamas, which one again for the third time, has played with rocket fire and terrorism resulting in Gaza burning. Whatever Hamas may make the Israelis pay for Hamas' own stupidity, Gaza will reap payback 100 times. At some point in time Gazans must ask, is it worth it? Gaza has so many structural deficits does it need to add to its ills by firing rockets at the most powerful army in the Mideast?

4 ) ben Zalman / USA
08/07/2014 20:39
Abu Zuhri thinks Israel is playing with fire but soon will find that it is Hamas that is about to get burned. In fact, they already know this and most of them are going underground to avoid the mighty Israeli military hand that will surely be after them. Will they attempt to protect the civilians or just themselves? Israel is opening public bomb shelters for all citizens Jew and Muslim. Hamas never spends a dime on protecting its people. I bet Haniyah has a nice shelter though. Its a shame.

5 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
08/07/2014 21:05
Easy to stop the killing - simply stop shooting rockets at Israel. Even better, if Hamas leaders go on tv tonight and declare 1) they are stopping the rocket fire and 2) they agree to peace talks then Israel will have no choice but to stop the IDF action. But, of course, anybody who believes Hamas would choose peace over war doesn't know Hamas. I feel badly for the innocent Gazans who continue to suffer under the Iranian-inspired and funded boots of Hamas.

6 ) Dahlia / Sweden
08/07/2014 21:48
Maybe one of our avid posters can answer a question for me about F16's. I read that a family in Gaza today (after a drone flare was aimed at their house) went onto the roof, presumably with the aim of saving the house, thinking that IDF wouldn't bomb it with them there. Sadly, an F16 came over and killed them all, men, women and children. When firing, does the F16 pilot see the people they are killing, or are they just coordinates to them? Obviously the whole family is dead, just need to know :(

7 ) spb / usa
08/07/2014 22:23
sirens sound the calm sign here in jerusalem. early report on damages: I had to give up 2/3 of my Marllboro cig as a result of 3 rockets fired toward the city. One rocket landed, no injuries but there is some damage in addition to the 1 reported above

8 ) tea / uk
08/07/2014 22:45
These bigotted comments coming from those sitting comfortably in your couches. Muslims helped jews in their time of need (Holocaust) and did not say they had it coming...
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