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8 Palestinians killed ahead of Gaza aid truce
Published Thursday 17/07/2014 (updated) 18/07/2014 21:20
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A picture taken from the Israeli Gaza border shows smoke
billowing from the Gaza Strip following an Israeli air strike
on July 16, 2014.(AFP/Menahem Kahana)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel killed eight Palestinians overnight before a five-hour humanitarian truce came into effect at 10 a.m. Thursday, bringing the death toll in Gaza to 230.

Shortly before 10 a.m., Israeli artillery shells killed three Palestinians from the Abu Sneima family and injured four others in eastern Rafah.

Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said three bodies, including a woman, were removed from a Rafah home.

Earlier, five Palestinians were killed in Israeli attacks.

Muhammad Hassunah, 65, and Muhammad al-Hoot were killed by an Israeli missile at 4 a.m. while on their way to a mosque in Rafah for dawn prayers.

Zaynab Muhammad al-Abadlah, 71, died Thursday morning from injuries sustained in an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis and 22-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud al-Qadim died in an airstrike on central Gaza.

Also on Thursday morning, a 22-year-old man Muhammad Mahmoud al-Qadim succumbed to wounds he sustained in an Israeli raid in eastern Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

Ahmad Rihan, 23, was killed in northern Gaza by an Israeli aerial attack.

According to figures provided by the Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights, more than 80 percent of the conflict's victims have been civilians.

Israeli forces bombed the Khalil family home in Gaza City and the house of former Gaza minister of interior Fathi Hammad in Beit Lahiya.

Warplanes also targeted a building under construction belonging to a charitable society for women in Gaza City.
Palestinian relatives of the four boys killed in Israeli bombardment
attend the family house during the funerals in Gaza City on
July 16, 2014.(AFP/Mahmud Hams)

Gaza crossings closed

The Israeli army said it conducted at least 37 raids overnight on Gaza, while seven rockets were fired from the Strip, four of which landed in fields and the rest were intercepted by Israel's missile defenses.

Thirteen Gaza fighters emerged from a tunnel under the southern Gaza border, and were headed towards Sufa kibbutz, a small community just over a kilometer away, when they were spotted, Israeli army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner told journalists.

Israeli forces killed at least one of the militants in an air raid, he said, leaving the rest rushing back towards the tunnel.

The sides announced a temporary lull in fighting after Israel resumed airstrikes following the failure of an Egyptian-brokered truce, which Hamas says was not discussed with the group before being made public.

A senior UN official said that it was unlikely any new aid would reach Gaza.

"The Kerem Shalom crossing is closed today for security reasons, aid can't come through Erez -- it's not big enough -- so no new aid is going to enter Gaza today," the official said, referring respectively to Gaza's southern goods crossing and northern personnel border.

Instead, the truce would allow people who have fled their homes to go back to collect supplies from them, and help the UN get to areas it could not reach before, the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

AFP contributed to this report
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1 ) JoeFattal / USA
17/07/2014 16:50
When I see pictures like the one showing children crying to their mother it breaks my heart and if have a moment to speak to a Hamas fighter I would probably say to him, I wouldn't if I was you died and put my family and mostly my children in harms way and die for them bastards. I believe Hamas wants the best for Gazans, they are not looking for glory they looking for freedom, they are still been occupy with the siege by a tyrant Israeli government. In the long run is it worth it. Neither

2 ) JoeFattal / USA
17/07/2014 16:56
Cont....Hamas going to win and neither Israel (Netanyahu) going to win. Its a war that no one going to win, and the losers will be mostly children.

3 ) ABE / USA
17/07/2014 18:56
and when it ends, There will still be no Palestinian state!! What do the Palestinians gain? Please explain.

4 ) Hamas Supporter / Ard Filasteen
18/07/2014 14:59
People from western countries do not understand why we are willing to fight & die for our cause. We have an inner strength & drive, we have something called iman (faith), which enables us to strive in the way of Allah, in the face of oppression. We know if we die, we will be martyrs & if we live, we will have fought against injustice. We have principles, we value our people, we care about honour, dignity & justice. Like many other resistance movements in history we fight for what is ours (cont).

5 ) Hamas Supporter - 2 / Ard Filasteen
18/07/2014 15:00
our land & our right to live as free people. Many people in the West are selfish, they have no belief in God or humanity, they have lived without war for many years, so do not know what it is like to be oppressed. They have everything they need, but still want more at the expense of the poor. We would like to say God Bless Gerry Adams & the Dail of N.Ireland for standing with us, because they understand our struggle, as does South Africa.

6 ) Hamas Supporter - 3 / Ard Filasteen
18/07/2014 15:01
We are human beings, just like you, but you cannot see that shared experience, instead you call us terrorists, without any understanding why we did the things we did. If someone took your land, your home & enslaved you, would you fight back or just bow in submission? We pray that Allah we grant us victory, that we may have our land & peace with the world. However, if we die, we die knowing we fought & tried to regain that which was unjustly taken from us. We have rights, just like you.

7 ) Independent / USA
22/07/2014 01:40
Please tell me how you were enslaved, Ard Filasteen. Did the Israelis place you in forced labor camps? Were you denied the right to marry? Were your children taken away and sold as possessions? Were you denied the right to vote in Gaza elections? Were you denied an education and the right to learn to read? These were the hallmarks of slavery in the United States. This is how we understand the term. Please educate us about the slavery you endured. I mean this sincerely and respectfully.
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