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Entire Gaza family killed prior to ceasefire, as death toll tops 985
Published Saturday 26/07/2014 (updated) 27/07/2014 11:39
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GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The bodies of 85 Palestinians buried under the rubble of buildings destroyed by Israel have been recovered since the beginning of a 12-hour ceasefire Saturday morning at 8 a.m., as medical authorities accessed areas that had been off-limits due to shelling.

Minutes before the humanitarian ceasefire went into effect in Gaza on Saturday morning, meanwhile, an Israeli airstrike left at least 20 members of a Palestinian family dead in Khan Younis refugee camp.

The al-Najjar family had fled their homes in Khuzaa, just east of Khan Younis, earlier in the day after Israeli artillery shelling there killed dozens, and they were hoping to find shelter somewhere further from the border.

Their refuge in Khan Younis, however, turned out to be anything but, as missiles fired from Israeli warplanes just before 8 a.m. completely leveled the four-story building they were sleeping in.

The airstrike killed eleven children, four women, and five men from the family, according to Palestinian medical sources.

Spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra named some of the children killed in the strike as Khalil al-Najjar, Jana al-Najjar, Samir al-Najjar, Ikhlas al-Najjar, Husam al-Najjar, Aminah al-Najjar and Eiman al-Ruqab.

The killing of the al-Najjar family brought the death toll in Gaza since the beginning of hostilities 18 days ago to 940, with 35 killed on Saturday morning alone, according to al-Qidra.

More than 6,000 Palestinians have been injured during the same period, while Israeli attacks on solidarity protests in the West Bank have left 11 dead in the last four days, including nine in a twenty-four period ending early Saturday.

The deaths have led to an international outcry and pressure on Israel to agree to a ceasefire, but late Friday the Israeli cabinet rejected the idea hoping to secure a truce that would allow it to continue operations inside Gaza.

Hamas, meanwhile, has insisted that any ceasefire include the lifting of the eight-year Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has crippled the economy and led to frequent shortages of basic goods.



Israeli bombardment continues up to 7:58

As the ceasefire came into effect at 8 a.m. Saturday, rescue teams said they pulled six dead bodies from rubble in Shujaiyya and a central Gaza City district.

Palestinian medical sources said that Israeli attacks on Gaza continued up until two minutes before the ceasefire went into effect. According to the sources, a 87-year-old Palestinian man Salim Abu Toum was killed at 7:58 a.m. by Israeli shelling east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Earlier on Saturday morning, Ashraf al-Qidra announced the death of Abdullah Ayish Irmeilat in al-Zawayda neighborhood in the central Gaza Strip as well as 53-year-old Ismail Abdul-Qadir al-Kihk and grandson of Hamas founder Sheikh Ahmad Yasin 15-year-old Husam Abdul-Ghani Yasin in Gaza City.

The spokesman also confirmed that dead body of Fadil Atawnah was taken to Shifa Hospital completely burnt after Israeli warplanes targeted him while he was walking home in Shuhada Street in Gaza City.

Furthermore, Muhammad Hosni al-Saqqa, 26, and Islam Ibrahim al-Naji, 19 were killed by an Israeli airstrike on Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City. Another man was seriously injured in the attack.

Shortly after midnight, a Palestinian paramedic Muhammad Matar al-Abadlah, 32, was killed while he was helping victims in eastern Khan Younis district.
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1 ) Sonia Suks / Germany
26/07/2014 11:10
Time now to demolish the vast subterranean complex of tunnels dug under the Gaza Strip, some of which are “terror” tunnels that snake under the border to Israeli civilian locations.

2 ) Tara / US
26/07/2014 11:40
Shame on the imposter Israel, a uncivilised barbaric inhumane satanic state God will serve his justice for your crimes you animals !

3 ) Mikki / Canada
26/07/2014 14:19
The international community MUST continue to place massive pressure ofn our governments to end this massacre NOW!!! This is not war it's GENOCIDE iv seen sickening horrifying images that will never be erased from my mind :( both sides MUST CEASE ALL ATTACKS both sides should be disarmed if only to stop the horrific way in which INNOCENT KIDS are being slaughtered this is not self defence!!! Anyone with any heart concious and soul must see how WRONG THIS IS!!!

4 ) Zhang Flower / USA
26/07/2014 15:49
Just think Three Israeli kids are murdered, and PM Netenyahoo vows revenge against Hamas, even before the evidence came in. When these kids are revealed by the media to have been 'found', a mass outcry for blood goes out in Israel. Western leaders groveling at Zionist feet apologizing and wanting a sword. yet....20 members of the same family, running from place to place to find shelter from the Zionist bloodlust, all die together, and not a peep out of the west...except more excuses to kill.

5 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
26/07/2014 16:53
Here is a simple message. If you try to kill Israelis, you risk being killed yourself. Stop Hamas and Islamic homicidal, war criminals, in Gaza. Throw them out of the their bunkers and make them face the fire.

6 ) Sammy / USA
26/07/2014 23:33
That is what happen to arabs supporting hamas. There will be 100,000 dead arabs when hamas surrenders.

7 ) Mel / USA
27/07/2014 00:56
#5: Rondo: Oh my left-armpit! You sound just like the Nazis,denying everything,at Nuremburg. Pathetic! Even your"simple message"is such indoctrinated Zio-script. It humiliates you. You must get paid for parrotting that 'Blame Hamas" and 'Islamic Jihad' mantra? SQUAWK! 'Hamas-Pretty Polly! Squawk! 'Islamic Jihad-Pretty Bibi" Squawk! You are PROTECTING Zionist WAR CRIMINALS,which makes you culpable! Crawl back in yer' JDL bunker,worm!At least Gaza's people HAVE SPINE!

8 ) Outlier / USA
27/07/2014 01:23
War is bloody, dangerous business - a fact Hamas should have considered before goading Israel into this fight. Now all of Gaza suffers the consequences of Hamas' miscalculation.

9 ) Robert / US
27/07/2014 01:28
Im reading that israel used and is using chemical weapon and experimental ones, it wouldnt be the first time.

10 ) David Luck / USA
27/07/2014 08:08
Zionist mass-murderers will rule in Palestine so long as Zionist billionaires - via bought-and-paid for politicians - continue to rule in America. Absent the Zionist Occupation Government, and Israhell will dry up and blow away. And since the ZOG is running the biggest debt-Ponzi in human history, that day will certainly come. The only question is: how many more people will Zion kill in the meantime?

11 ) usa / usa
27/07/2014 09:34
No bourders no hate no killings. No wars! Peace!

12 ) Robert / ireland
27/07/2014 10:53
Does it matter who started, who did and who's doing? What matters is babies still in nappies are being murdered, toddlers to teenagers too, this must stop if it were our children under attack what would be done!

13 ) Bob / USA
27/07/2014 13:38
@9 Any links, or have you nothing better to do than troll.

14 ) jennie / NewZealand
02/08/2014 02:02
Many Palestinians ddi not support Hamas but Israel barricaded them in so they cannot leave. Israelis who do not like rocket fire ...At least you can leave. Those in the settlements : should leave because you have no right to be there anyway.
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