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Dozens dead in latest Gaza attacks
Published Monday 21/07/2014 (updated) 22/07/2014 12:30
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Palestinian medics wheel a wounded man into al-Najar hospital
in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on July 7, 2014 (AFP/Said Khatib)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces continued airstrikes and artillery assaults on the Gaza Strip Monday for the 14th day, killing dozens of people including many from the same families, medics said.

The latest strikes killed nine family members and injured four in Gaza City.

The nine are from the al-Qassas family. They died after Israeli shells targeted their house. Four of them were identified as Aya Yasser al-Qassas, Aisha Yasser al-Qassas, Nisma Iyad al-Qassas and Lamya Iyad al-Qassas.

Before that, Israeli airstrikes killed eight people in the al-Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City. They were not immediately identified.

Three more Palestinians were killed in the Shujaiyya area of Gaza City. They were identified as Youssef Hamdiyeh, Mutaz Hamdiyeh and Ahed Hamdiyeh.

Also, an Israeli airstrike on a Deir al-Balah hospital killed four people and injured dozens.

In Khan Younis, an airstrike killed two Palestinians. They were identified as Mujahid al-Aqqad and Muhammad al-Zeini.

Other attacks in Gaza City killed five members of the al-Yaziji family, including Yasmin Nayif al-Yaziji, Mayar Nayif al-Yaziji, two, Wajdi al-Yaziji, Safinaz al-Yaziji, and Anas al-Yaziji, five.

In Khan Younis, Karam Ibrahim Atiyeh Barham, 25, Nidal Ali Abu Daqqa, 26, Nidal Jumaa Asi, 43, and Muhammad Mahmoud al-Mughrabi, 24, were killed in an airstrike, and Mahran Kamil Jundiya, Majdi Mahmoud al-Yaziji, 56, and Samih al-Ghalban were killed in eastern Gaza City.

Three others were killed in ongoing fighting in the besieged Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City.

Earlier, an Israeli airstrike killed 11 members of the Siyam family in Rafah, including an eight-month old baby and two other children.

Sumud Nasser Siyam, 26, Muhammad Mahrous Salam Siyam, 25, Badir Nabil Mahrous Siyam, 25, Ahmad Ayman Mahrous Siyam, 17, Mustafa Nabil Mahrous Siyam, 12, Ghayda Nabil Mahrous Siyam, 8, Sherin Muhammad Salam Siyam, 32, Dalal Nabil Mahrous Siyam, 8 months, and Kamal Mahrous Salamah Siyam, 27, were pulled from the rubble.

In Khan Younis, at least 26 members of the Abu Jami family were killed by Israeli shelling, after more bodies were pulled from the rubble.

Earlier, medics identified 13 victims as Jawdat Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jami, 24, Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jami, 5, Hayfa Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jami, 9, Yasmin Ahmad Salamah Abu Jami, 25, Suheila Bassam Abu Jami, Shahinaz Walid Muhammad Abu Jami, one-year-old, Rayan Abu Jami, 9, an elderly woman Fatima Abu Jami, Rozan Abu Jami, 14, and Ahmad Salhoub, 34, a next door neighbor.

Bilal Abu Daqqa and Abdul-Rahman al-Qarra were killed in an airstrike on the al-Mughrabi family home east of Khan Younis, while the body of Mahmoud al-Nakhala was pulled out from underneath rubble in Gaza City.

Two more bodies were pulled form the rubble in the Shujaiyeh neighborhood, while one person was killed in al-Nuseirat, fisherman Raed Bardawil in Rafah, Zakariya Masoud al-Ashqar, 24, and Raed Issam Dawood, 33, in Zaytoun, and Kamal Talal Hasan al-Masri, 22, in Beit Hanoun.

Diplomatic push

Gaza's emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said many of the more than 150 Palestinians killed on Sunday -- the bloodiest day of fighting in Gaza in years -- were women and children.

The Security Council held urgent talks on the conflict, expressing "serious concern about the growing numbers of casualties."

"The members of the Security Council call for an immediate cessation of hostilities," said Rwandan ambassador Eugene Richard Gasana, whose country chairs the 15-member council.

Late Sunday, the armed wing of Hamas claimed it had kidnapped an Israeli soldier, prompting celebrations in the streets of Gaza City and West Bank towns.

"The Israeli soldier Shaul Aaron is in the hands of the Qassam Brigades," a spokesman using the nom de guerre Abu Obeida said in a televised address.

Israel's UN ambassador Ron Prosor denied a soldier had been kidnapped, saying: "Those rumors are untrue."

However a spokeswoman for the Israeli military said they were investigating the claim.

During the Security Council talks, Palestinian envoy Ryad Mansour called for decisive steps to end the violence, and voiced frustration with what he termed the world body's failure to take a strong stand.

"The Council failed again and again to shoulder its responsibility," Mansour told reporters.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon was also in Doha where he urged Israel to "exercise maximum restraint".

"Too many innocent people are dying ... (and) living in constant fear," he told a news conference in Doha.

So far, ceasefire proposals have been rejected by Hamas which has pressed on with its own attacks.

The Doctors Without Borders charity urged Israel to "stop bombing civilians trapped in the Gaza Strip", noting the majority of the injured arriving in the al-Shifa hospital were women and children.
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1 ) Michael / Italy
21/07/2014 19:58
Ceasefire Proposals by the League of Arab nations and Egypt has been REJECTED by Hamas, but accepted by Israel --- that places Hamas 100% responsible for its citizens dying. The average citizen doesn't want war but Hamas does. How sad that Palestinians are viewed as worthless and disposable by their own government, Hamas.

2 ) Tobias / USA
21/07/2014 20:17
HAMAS CHOSE this fight, Not Israel, and Israel is killing dozens of people, because THIS is WAR, and "many from the same families are killed", because when militant fighter sons go home, they are still legitimate targets.

3 ) Colin Wright / USA
21/07/2014 20:55
Israel is really in a box here. As she continues to suffer casualties, her own morality compels her to slaughter random Palestinians in ever-increasing numbers. At the same time, this tactic is only provoking increased resistance and destroying what's left of Israel's legitimacy as a state.

4 ) ShaHaNa / USA
21/07/2014 21:33
Doctors Without Borders charity urged Israel to "stop bombing civilians trapped in the Gaza Strip", noting the majority of the injured arriving in the al-Shifa hospital were women and children. I dont know stop firing rockets and digging terror tunnels.

5 ) Arnold / Canada
21/07/2014 22:03
Hamas' refusal to a "no demands" ceasefire has gone from stubborness to outright evil. Hamas just sits there and is allowing more and more and more Gazans to die.

6 ) Maureen / Australia
21/07/2014 22:23
The world Bodies are not able to take a firm stand against Zionist genocidal acts because they are tied down by the tentacles of Zionist warmongering elitists!

7 ) Obnvious / Truths
22/07/2014 02:33
Gazans Really Only Have Four Choices: -1- The Civilians Leave, And Live Somewhere Else. -2- The Militants Leave, And Civilians Live In Gaza, Or -3- Both Stay, And Both Keep Dying, Or -4- Hamas Accepts Peace With Israel, And Unfortunately * Gazans Have A History Of Choosing Very Unwisely !!!!

8 ) Tibi / Tubas
22/07/2014 03:15
After the fourth time the world leaders should have learned something !! Hamas Started The Same War, In 2006, 2009, 2012, & Now 2014, and Hamas Forced The Civilians Of Gaza To Be Their Human-Shields, Again In 2006, 2009, 2012, And Now 2014, And Each Time, A Ceasefire Was Just For Hamas To Prepare For The Next War, And * THE WORLD SHOULD STOP ASKING FOR ANOTHER CEASEFIRE. * It IS TIME FOR THE WORLD TO FORCE PEACE UPON GAZA, * WITH SANCTIONS JUST LIKE IRAN.

9 ) Abdul / India
22/07/2014 10:42
Its a well planned,systematically massacre of innocent palestine children and women.World can see the true face of the terror state israel.Israel is against peace and humanity.
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