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53 Palestinians killed, over 450 injured in Gaza assault
Published Wednesday 09/07/2014 (updated) 11/07/2014 09:39
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(AFP/Jack Guez)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Five Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes on northern and southern Gaza Wednesday evening, bringing the total death toll in Gaza to 53, medical officials said.

An Israeli airstrike struck the Hamad family home in Beit Hanoun, killing Hani Saleh Hamad, 57, and Ibrahim Hamad, 20.

Five members of the same family were killed late Tuesday as Israeli warplanes bombed the home of senior Islamic Jihad militant Hafiz Hamad in the same area.

Another airstrike in Rafah killed Samia al-Arja, 65, and a unidentified child later died from injuries sustained in the strike.

The latest airstrikes bring the total death toll in Gaza to 53, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health. Over 450 Palestinians have been injured in the attacks.

Six women and nine children were among 22 Palestinians killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza on Wednesday, medics said.

Earlier, an Israeli airstrike on the al-Maghazi refugee camp killed a family of three, with another two children still reported missing under the rubble.

Amjad Hamdan, 23, was also killed in an airstrike outside of his home in Beit Hanoun. He is allegedly a member of Islamic Jihad's military wing.

Earlier, twelve Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes on Beit Hanoun, Gaza City, al-Nuseirat refugee camp, al-Mughraqa village, and Beit Lahiya.

Two long-range rockets fired crashed into the sea off the northern port city of Haifa Wednesday, Israeli media reported, in an attack claimed by Hamas fighters.

Haifa lies 165 kilometers north of Gaza and, if confirmed, it would be the furthest a rocket fired from there has ever traveled.

Public radio said one struck near the seaside resort of Caesarea and another in the Carmel Beach region, both south of Haifa.

President Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of committing "genocide" in Gaza.
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1 ) Patrick O'Shaughnessy / Ireland
10/07/2014 00:19
Dear Lord, how can we not be angry when we see what is happening, so much death & destruction. An elderly woman waiting to break her fast, dead, children dead, families grieving, my heart is so angry, yet I pray for peace. If I had a message for both sides, it would be stop this now. It doesn't have to be like this. Palestinians want to live in freedom & peace, with their arrested brothers free. Israel wants an end to the rockets. Call a truce, stop the bloodshed, end this now, for God's sake!!!

2 ) Anti Terrorism (anti Israel) / UK
10/07/2014 01:29
Free Palestine!

3 ) Ahmed fakirmohamed / Uk
10/07/2014 14:07
Please stop the killing.

4 ) Isabel Medina Su?rez / Espa?a
10/07/2014 19:39
No me gusta la situaci?n. y se deber?a hacer lo imposible para frenarla,quien m?s esta sufriendo es la poblaci?n civil.

5 ) faizel Jacobs / South Africa
12/07/2014 01:15
As human beings we should declare war on this animals as muslims we should rise up and take on this Jihad and fight for the sake of Allah and our muslim brothers and sisters may Allah punish these animals for their babaric behaviour to the palestinians All South African muslims keep u in our duas may Allah be with us Allah ameen
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