GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Twenty-six Palestinians including eight members of a single family were killed by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip on Friday evening, while the death of a young man wounded earlier in the week brought the total number of deaths in Israel's 11-day long assault to 298 and more than 2,200 injured.
The deaths bring the total killed since the beginning of the ground invasion late Thursday night to 63, as deaths and injuries across the besieged coastal enclave soared on the first day of the assault in both the northern and southern regions of the territory.
Of the 63 killed since the beginning of the Israeli invasion, 26 died after Gazans broke their fast at sunset on Friday evening as Israeli air strikes pounded the Strip.
Eight members of the Abu Jrad family including four children were killed when a missile struck their home in Beit Hanoun including Naim Musa Abu Jrad, 23, Abd Musa Abu Jrad, 30, Siham Musa Abu Jrad, 26, Rija Aliyan Abu Jrad, and four children: Haniyah Abd al-Rahman Abu Jrad, Samih Naim Abu Jrad, Musa Abd al-Rahman Abu Jrad, 6 months, and Ahlam Musa Abu Jrad.
Four members of the Shaath family were killed and four were injured including one seriously after an air strike on their home in the Hayy al-Manara neighborhood of Khan Younis around 10:30 p.m.
Three members of the Abu Sneineh family were also killed in a strike on their home in eastern Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip and three others were injured. The dead were named by Gaza medical authorities as: Faysal Abu Sneineh, 32, Emad Faysal Abu Sneineh, 18, and Nizar Fayez Abu Sneineh, 38.
Muhammad Talal al-Saneh, 20, died around 10:30 p.m. as a result of an Israeli attack, Palestinian Ministry of Health spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said.
Ismail Ramadan Salmi, 23, was brought dead to the Gaza European Hospital, while Ghassan Salem Abu Musa Abu Azzab, 28, and his brother Muhammad Salam Abu Musa Abu Azzab, 19, from Hayy al-Manara in Khan Younis also died as a result of an Israeli attack.
Muhammad Saad Mahmoud Abu Saadeh was killed in an Israeli airstrike in eastern Khan Younis on Friday evening.
Hamza Mohammad Abu Hussein, 27, was killed in an airstrike on eastern Rafah on Friday evening, while Mohammad Abu Sa'da was killed in an artillery shelling eastern Khan Younis.
Imad and Qassim Alwan, both children, were killed as a result of artillery shelling in eastern Gaza City.
Rizk Ahmad al-Hayk, 2, perished in air strikes in Shawwa Square in Gaza City, while Sarah Muhammad Bustan, 13, was killed in Hayy al-Tuffah in Gaza City.
Yusif Ibrahim Hasan al-Astal, 23, died of wounds he sustained in Khan Younis a week ago.
Israel launched Operation Protective Edge 11 days ago in what it said was an attempt to halt rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, which had increased in the weeks prior after Israel launched a massive assault against Hamas in the West Bank.
That assault -- which left around 10 dead, 130 injured, and 600 Hamas-affiliated individual in Israeli prisons -- came in response to the kidnapping and death of three Israeli youth in June, which Israel accused Hamas of involvement in.
Hamas has denied any involvement in the killings, and has instead accused Israel of exploiting the deaths to launch an all out assault on the group, one of the few in Palestine that maintains an armed wing capable of attacking Israel.