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Gaza death toll at 167 as deadly Israeli strikes continue
Published Sunday 13/07/2014 (updated) 17/07/2014 14:30
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Palestinian children stand in their damaged living room as they
look outside at a neighboring building which was targeted in an
Israeli military strike in Gaza City on July 12, 2014
(AFP/Mohammed Abed)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israel's military assault on Gaza continued for a sixth day on Sunday with the Gaza Ministry of Health saying over 166 Palestinians have been killed and at least 1,000 injured.

The latest airstrike killed Samir Hamdan shortly after midday in an airstrike in Beit Hanoun, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said, while Hussein Muhesin, 19, died of wounds sustained in an airstrike on Gaza City.

Three children were injured in the strike.

Earlier, Layla Hasan al-Udat was killed in al-Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza and Ashraf Zurub, 21, died from wounds sustained a day earlier in airstrikes.

Husam Ibrahim al-Najjar, 14, was killed in Sunday attacks in northern Gaza and 80-year-old Hijaziyya al-Hilou was killed in the Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City when an Israeli missile hit the al-Hilou family home.

Medics said it was a miracle the rest of her family survived the attack.

Israeli warplanes intensified air raids overnight, targeting Hamas buildings in Gaza City and bombing a PA security services base in Rafah.

Three people, including an unidentified child, died Sunday from wounds sustained overnight and days earlier.

Ramziyya al- Abdul, 73, and Rami Abu Shanab, 25 died at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City of wounds they sustained two days ago in an Israeli airstrike on a house in Deir al-Balah.

Izz Addin al-Bulbul, Shadi Muhammad Zurub, 21, Bassam Zurub, 21, and Islamic Jihad fighter Muhannad Yousef Abu Dheir, 23, were all killed in airstrikes targeting Rafah.

Late Saturday, 18 Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Tuffah neighborhood that hit a house and mosque, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said, making it the single most deadly attack since Israel's assault began.

Another 35 were wounded in the same strike, and three more people were killed in southern Gaza's Rafah that also injured five people, Qidra added.

Among the wounded was police chief Tayseer al-Batsh, officials said.

OCHA said Saturday that 70 percent of Palestinian fatalities are civilians, of whom 30 percent are children.

Army warns north Gaza

In a sign of a likely further escalation, Israel dropped leaflets over northern Gaza, urging residents of the town of Beit Lahiya in particular to leave their homes "for their own safety".

"Civilians are requested to evacuate their residences immediately and move by 12 p.m. today," the leaflets said, naming locations which would prove to be most dangerous.

A UN official said that some 4,000 Palestinians have already fled their homes and sought refuge in UN facilities.

On Saturday, UNRWA official Robert Turner said that the UN refugee agency could house over 50,000 Palestinians refugees if a ground invasion took place.

Israel has warned that preparations are under way for a possible ground incursion, with tanks and artillery massed along the border and some 33,000 reservists mobilised out of 40,000 approved by the cabinet.

Israeli hardline Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said he expects a political decision on a possible ground operation to be taken by Sunday.
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1 ) AKeenReader / UK
13/07/2014 11:54
The ONLY way to teach Israeli's a lesson is to file a case at the ICC. I know that some commentators have been saying about Hamas's terror, but HOW many Israeli's have been killed by Hamas? None so far during this fight. I doubt that US will go against Israel thus if Palestinians want real justice then the only way is to take them to ICC. Why is the Palestinian govt letting their people die by Israeli brutality?

2 ) Julie / USA
13/07/2014 18:41
@1 i agree. and once again, izrael is using BANNED WEAPONS http://bit.ly/1tDQEeA more proof of war crimes to prosecute them for at the ICC

3 ) Judge / Dread
13/07/2014 21:44
#1) Why do you think it hasn't already been done? Come on, use what little common sense you have left in that head full of BS propaganda... The ICC has to deal with evidence based facts. Not the kind of crap that is flying around social media with photo's that are claimed to be of this conflict when they are in fact from Syria or Iraq etc. Your case against Israel wouldn't get further than the court clerk's bin. Same goes for nutcase Julie's fantasies.

4 ) Mel / USA
13/07/2014 22:29
Israeli Army is using its new 'Morty' GPS-guided field mortar too.
Hamas don't have GPS guidance.Just guess work.
Gaza is the young student bravely standing in Tiananmen Square facing the military junta TANKS! No contest! But we KNOW who the true hero there was. DIME(miniature fissile Tungsten)weps,DU weps,Fleschette weps from Israel!All against human courage &resiatcne in blockaded/occupied Gaza/Palestine!

5 ) Llyn Kidner-Williams / Canada
13/07/2014 22:46
Netanyahu and his entire Cabinet Must be taken to the ICC this time. If his Political Friends in Countries outside Israel involve themselves then they need to be prosecuted also for the encitement of crimes against humanity.

6 ) @ Julie-2 / USA too
14/07/2014 00:26
* The UN knows the difference, between Israel and Hamas, and that Israel uses defensive systems against missiles, and soldiers against militants, to protect the residents of Israel, while Hamas uses the residents of Gaza, to protect their aggressive missiles & militants. * The UN also knows that it should put Palestine's PLO-Hamas Unity government on trial before the International Criminal Courts, for war crimes, rather than under any kind of protection !!!

7 ) Michael / Mexico
14/07/2014 03:19
This is being done to detract from the burning of a Palestinian youth by Jews. People have now forgotten about what they did, and are busy blaming Hamas for what Israel began. It is the same every time, blame Hamas whilst knowing full well that it was Israel who first attacked the Palestinians.

8 ) THOMASWADAMS / AUSTRALIA
14/07/2014 17:04
We must all remember what the genesis of all the Palestinian problems is; they are a disenfranchised peoples in their own ancient homelands, they are subjected to these great injustices because corrupt politicians from Britain and France signed away their rights without bothering to consult them. Also let us not forget that Israel came into being as a result of horrendous terrorist activities perpetrated by Jewish Zionist terror gangs. The Palestinian peoples are innocents midst all of this dist

9 ) David / USA
14/07/2014 20:29
Jews have been living is Palestine since 1000 years before Jesus. The Romans came and beat the tar out of them because they didn't take well to the Roman yolk. They renamed the place 'Palestina' to remove any Jewish connection. Hundreds of years later, the Muslims conquered the region and imposed their religion by the sword, but many Jews didn't convert and lived as dhimmis in their own land. It's the Jews' 'ancient homeland.' The Muslims are 'recent' squatters. Know your history.

10 ) Asif / Pakistan
18/07/2014 00:58
Truth cannot be established in this burred situation surrounded by false media coverage. Every indivudual, doing injustice and offence, be from jews or muslims has to account for his actions in the after life. Real justice is just to come, I think we all think positively with the frame of mind and the perceptions we have
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