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More than 125 killed in Gaza since midnight Tuesday
Published Tuesday 29/07/2014 (updated) 31/07/2014 14:23
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A Palestinian inspects a mosque in Gaza City after it was hit by an Israeli
air strike, on July 29, 2014 (AFP Mahmud Hams)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Ministry of Health on Tuesday afternoon said that more than 100 Palestinians had been killed in the Israeli bombardment on Tuesday morning alone, bringing the total past 1,200 as hundreds of thousands fled their homes across the Strip.

Earlier statements from the ministry had given the number of dead at around 57 for the morning, but after consultation with hospitals across the Strip the total was revised to more than 106 dead and hundreds more injured over the course of 14 hours.

Since then, at least 19 more have died in Israeli attacks.

In the most recent attack, three Palestinians were killed and 10 were injured in an Israeli airstrike on Bani Suheila east of Khan Younis.

The three were identified as Muhannad al-Farra, Ahmad Shawqi Abu Hammad, and Ahmad Ismail Abu Hammad.

The Ministry of Health also said that as of Monday night nearly 5,000 homes had been completely destroyed, while tens of thousands more had been partially destroyed.

The United Nations, meanwhile, estimated that more than 215,000 Gazans had fled their home, or more than 10 percent of the besieged coastal enclave's total population.

Late Monday, Israeli authorities had given 400,000 Gazans evacuation orders, but with all the borders closed and the Israeli bombardment and ground invasion continuing in the northern, central, and southern Gaza Strip, the vast majority had nowhere to go except UN shelters.

Last week, however, Israeli shelling hit at least four UN-designated shelters, killing more than 20 and injuring hundreds.

The violence followed a relatively quiet weekend in which more than 100 bodies were found in Gaza rubble but Israeli shelling killed only a handful of Palestinians, drawing increasingly urgent international demands for an end to the fighting.

"In the name of humanity, the violence must stop," pleaded UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

But the calls appeared to be falling on deaf ears, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warning Monday it would be "a lengthy campaign" that would not end before troops destroyed cross-border tunnels used for staging attacks on southern Israel.

"Israeli citizens cannot live with the threat from rockets and from death tunnels -- death from above and from below," he said.

On the ground, hundreds of Palestinians could be seen leaving their homes after the army warned residents of five areas to flee and take refugee in central Gaza City, an AFP correspondent said.

New Gaza exodus

Many headed for already-cramped UN schools in the north, where children ran barefoot around a dirty school yard alongside stinking piles of rubbish.

"We came yesterday after the army warned us to leave," said 46-year-old Ghassan Abed who fled from his home in the northern town of Beit Lahiya with his wife and six children.

"About 200 people just from our street have fled," he said.

UN statistics published Monday showed 215,000 Palestinians had already fled their homes, with 170,461 staying in 82 of the agency's schools.

On Tuesday, several tank shells struck Gaza's sole power plant, causing damage and a fire, bringing it grinding to a halt, a senior official with the power authority said.

Another air strike targeted the home of top Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Gaza City's Shati refugee camp, officials said.

Palestinian rescue workers remove a body from under the rubble of a building destroyed by an
Israeli air strike in Rafah, on July 29, 2014 (AFP Said Khatib)

A deceptive calm

Tensions rose sharply on Monday after a shell landed inside the Shifa hospital compound in Gaza City, followed by a blast at a children's playground in the city's al-Shati refugee camp, that killed 10, eight of them children.

Residents in al-Shati said an F-16 fired several missiles at a motorized rickshaw in a claim denied by the Israeli army, which also said it had not targeted the hospital.

Shortly afterwards, a mortar killed four soldiers near a kibbutz in southern Israel, the army said, indicating another soldier had been killed in action in southern Gaza.

As the violence soared, top diplomats from Britain, France, Germany, Italy and the United States pledged to "redouble their efforts" and step up the pressure to persuade the sides to accept a truce.

And Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas was expected to visit Cairo with representatives of Hamas and Islamic Jihad, another militant group, for fresh talks with the Egyptians on ending the violence in Gaza, a senior source in Ramallah told AFP, without saying when.

Ministry of Health Spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra provided a continuing toll of the deaths and injuries across the Gaza Strip Tuesday.

The deaths and injuries are provided here in chronological order, starting with the most recent.

At least 14 Palestinians were killed and dozens were injured as Israeli forces shelled Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

Mahmoud Muhammad Hammad was killed in Israeli shelling in eastern Khan Younis.

Salem Muhammad al-Far's body arrived to al-Aqsa Hospital after he was pulled from under the rubble in central Gaza.

Ijmeiyan Odeh Shalouf was killed and three others were injured in an airstrike targeting a motorcycle in Rafah on Tuesday afternoon.

Tahrir Nasser Jaber, 15, was killed in an Israeli airstrike targeting her home in al-Salatin neighborhood in northern Gaza Strip.

Ashraf al-Qidra said the bodies of two child siblings arrived to Nasser medical center: Muhammad Atta al-Najjar, 2, and Rafif Atta al-Najjar, 3.

Two Palestinians were killed in an airstrike on Tuesday targeting eastern Rafah.

The dead were named as Ayman Qishta and Ismail Shahin, and they were killed when Israeli warplanes targeted a group of people in eastern Rafah, and four others were injured in an airstrike at Jabaliya.

AFP contributed to this report.
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1 ) Tibi / Tubas
29/07/2014 14:51
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is correct, "the violence must stop", and
Not just in another ceasefire that Hamas will use to prepare for war !!
- "In the name of humanity", Hamas Must Accept Peace !!

2 ) Tobias / USA
29/07/2014 14:55
Israel is very good at living in peace (this option is alway open to Gaza), and
Israel is also very good at living at war, and wishes and encourages
Hamas to choose the other option - Peace !!

3 ) Martin Luther / Germany
29/07/2014 15:02
"...As the violence soared, top diplomats from Britain, France, Germany, Italy and the United States pledged to "redouble their efforts" and step up the pressure to persuade the sides to accept a truce..." - Don't the same leaders support 'Israel's right to defend itself'? So by default support the massacres taking place. Does it have to do with "War on Terror"?

4 ) All Hamas has to say is / NO MORE FIRING
29/07/2014 15:37
on ISRAEL---EVER and everything will stop!

5 ) UN / UNESCO
29/07/2014 15:40
UN can help - they can send Ki-moon and dozen UN bureaucrats to Gaza to collect and destroy Hamas and Jihad missiles. After UN completes that mission peace can prevail. If UN does not want to do that - they should shut-up and focus on establishing peace in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Ukraine, Sudan, Pakistan, India, Egypt and other places.

6 ) David / UK
29/07/2014 15:54
Israel is committing war crimes. They must stop this and turn to their real work: identifying and compensating the victims of the Nakba.

7 ) Ahmed / Israel
29/07/2014 16:12
Hamas must stop killing civilians on both sides! The Palestinians and Israelies have the right to leave in peace

8 ) Mel / USA
29/07/2014 16:17
Well,well Obama? You started your August recess with a BANG,eh?? Allowing extremist Zionist,terrorist Israel do enact ANOTHER Nakba(human catastrophe)on PLURALISTIC Palestine,just for NOT being"Jewish"!Not that the Nakba ever STOPPED.Israel just spread it over 67YRS instead of Hitler's Holocaust in 4yrs!USG is an abomination,the nemesis of all it's SUPPOSED TO STAND UP FOR.Go on Obama&Kerry?Repeat Bush's words:"America does not torture" or "Condone torture"? I dare you?? SANCTION Israel stat!

9 ) Hanin / Nazrat
29/07/2014 16:30
Plastine must Tell Hamas to stop the fire , it killing us!!! , it is against Islam

10 ) Javid ahmed lone / India
29/07/2014 16:42
@1 in the name of humanity Israel must end siege first

11 ) Stand up for Palestine / Canada
29/07/2014 17:24
Horrific this massacre. Israel's barbaric crimes against humanity will be punished and will never be forgotten. Pray for strength for the mothers, the fathers, the children and support the BDS!

12 ) nellie Bly / USA
29/07/2014 17:48
In all my years this is another Holocaust and will be with Germany of 1930's to be rememberd as such.. The Palestinians have suffered since 1945, their land of Palestine destroyed by the people of Israel.

13 ) AND HANIYIE LOST / ONE OF HIS
29/07/2014 17:49
7 HOMES!!

14 ) zameena / USA
29/07/2014 17:49
Isreal must stop the genocide and the occupation now. Isreal has traversed all bounds. Isreal must stop it's propaganda news, too much lies. Isreal must stop blaming Hamas for what is his intention and actions. It's isreal that doesn't want peace. Isreal wants land and natural resources and genocide. You and the world know. Oh Pls not Hamas it's isreal don't want peace.

15 ) Arnold / Canada
29/07/2014 18:03
This bull headed stubborness to fight to the end only proves that each and every Palestinian is a militant. If for some reason there are those who do not agree and want a peaceful solution ... where are they ?

16 ) Peace Was & Is An Option / Truth
29/07/2014 18:20
- It seems that there will only be a ceasefire, when Hamas accepts Israel continuing to destroy it's entire attack tunnel network, and
- It seems that that every Hamas rejection (bullet, mortar, or rocket) will just lead to a great many more deaths, injuries, and refugees in Gaza !!

17 ) Rondo Mondo / Canada
29/07/2014 18:24
If Palestinians want peace they should stop shooting and surrender their arms and rockets. If they want to shoot at Israelis and dig tunnels, they can have war and the consequences which come with it.

18 ) Maureen / Australia
29/07/2014 19:00
#1 Tibi Stop the double standards, in the name of humanity! BTW, Israel is committing massacres in its open air prison - Gaza! It is not war! No matter what spin you and your Zionist hasbaraniks churn out, Israel will now always live under the the cloud of its own atrocities.

19 ) SHAMS MURCHISON BURGA / USA
29/07/2014 19:47
ISLAM AND JUDAISM: AN EYE FOR AN EYE.

20 ) Ash / Malaysia
29/07/2014 20:36
UN secretary general ban Ki moon is surely correct. Violence and killing innocent life must stop. Israel must be broughtbto internatinal court for endless war crimes..children killed during cease fire ..majority killed are children..babies.what is UN going to do to force israhell to stop killing more.#freegaza

21 ) Wardah / Oman
29/07/2014 21:48
@1) - Looks like its Bibi that won't accept peace, his recent statements indicate he's in it for the long haul. Unless of course all that death, blood & destruction is playing on his conscience. Hamas on the other hand are keen to negotiate a lasting & viable peace. That's the difference between humanity & human.

22 ) Choices / Reality
29/07/2014 22:09
Hamas chose to start this war, and
Hamas chooses to continue you this war, so
Blame Hamas for Never Choosing Peace for Gaza !!!

23 ) daz / uk
29/07/2014 23:30
Israeli must end their policy of ethnic cleansing the palestinians from their homeland

24 ) Outlier / USA
30/07/2014 05:49
Hamas by its actions started this conflict and Hamas by its actions continues this conflict. When it is over, if Gaza isn't completely flattened and depopulated, Gazans may well believe they won. However, afterwards, they will have plenty of time to look at the wreckage, visit the hospitals and cemeteries and come to a bitter realization: they actually lost. Worse, they lost a conflict that did not have to happen. May it weigh on their conscience forever.

25 ) Andrey / Russia
30/07/2014 07:30
Hamas must to stop use its own civilians for the political benefits and money.Look how much weight Ismail Hania a commander of Hamas,he is simply obesed, in such a physical shape he will do tons of jihad.

26 ) El / Earth
30/07/2014 13:07
Hamas did not even exist before the Zionist massacres happened since 1948. And there are empirical evidence from the UN(go do yr research) that the state of Israel has violated countless treaties and committed war crimes. Did you know that during the ceasefires that previously took place, not a single rocket was launched to Israel but Israel started transgressing right after and so Hamas started to defend itself.

27 ) Horrible / Pakistan
30/07/2014 13:32
There seems that the entire world is deaf and dumb witnessing the destruction and killing on mass level by the illegitimate son of Negro President of US. The criminal silence Nations must be ceased and stop the genocide of the palestanians in the name of humanity. The aggressor Terrorist should be tried for war criminality in the International court Justice and awarded death penalty for his crime.

28 ) cheryl / Canada
30/07/2014 17:33
To all my palestinian friends Josef,Nihab,Teresa,and the rest of the family who welcome me last year in Palestine,,may the angels of almighty God encampeth around you and your family and keep you safe,,I pray god continue to strength you and keep you safe in thee arms of the angels.

29 ) Tom / USA
30/07/2014 18:52
This mass murder of Palestinian civilians will make Israelis safe wherever they go, anywhere in the world, for the rest of their lives? Really? It's so clear that this racist enterprise has no future.

30 ) Ali / UK
02/08/2014 17:42
Everybody knows the truth. Every soul shall taste death. All your questions will be answered. You just have to get there first. Make sure you are all prepared as individuals ready to give answers for your actions too. May allah swt give the people of Palestine sabr (patience), and in sha allah bring their sufferings to an end. AMEEN.

31 ) zara / uk
02/08/2014 17:49
isnt what israel are doing to gaza the same as what the nazi did to the jew people that was wrong and so is this why do isreal think it is ok to do tjis to others when they didnt like it being done to them it should not matter what race religon of colour you are killing people in this way is WRONG
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