15 Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes on Gaza so far

03:29 Jul 7 2014 al-Bureij, Rafah, Gaza City, Khan Younis


July 8, 2014 8 pm
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes on the northern Gaza Strip killed four Palestinians on Tuesday evening, bringing the total death toll in Israel's latest assault on the besieged enclave to 15.

A child was killed and two others wounded in an airstrike on the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City in the early evening.

Ahmad Moussa Habib, 48, and Ahmad Ahed Habib, 19, were killed after an airstrike targeted a tuk-tuk vehicle in the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood in Gaza City, medics said.

Fakhri Saleh Ajjouri was reported killed after an airstrike targeted a motorcycle near Abraj al-Sheikh Zayed in the northern Gaza Strip.

Earlier, seven Palestinians were killed and 25 were severely injured in an Israeli airstrike targeting a house in the southern Gaza Strip, a medical official said.

A missile slammed into the house in Khan Younis after people had reportedly formed a human shield to protect it, killing seven people, including two children.

Witnesses said an Israeli drone fired a warning flare, prompting relatives and neighbors to gather at the house as a human shield and that, shortly afterwards, an F-16 warplane fired a missile that leveled the building.

The house belonged to the al-Kaware family.

Abduallah Kaware, Mohammad Ashour, 13, Riyadh Kaware, Mahmoud Judeh, Bakir Mahmoud Judeh, 22, Ammar Mohammad Judeh, 22, and Hussein Mohammad Kaware, 14, were killed.

"The Khan Younis massacre... of children is a horrendous war crime, and all Israelis have now become legitimate targets for the resistance," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said on Facebook.

Prior to the deaths in Gaza City, the body of Rashad Yassin, from al-Nuseirat refugee camp, was found under the rubble of a destroyed house in central Gaza.

Yassin is reportedly affiliated with Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades.

At least 100 Palestinians have been injured since late Monday in military action dubbed Operation Protective Edge, with Palestinian security sources putting the number of airstrikes at more than 70.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri warned Israel was "playing with fire" and would pay for its ongoing operations.

Since midnight, militants in Gaza have fired more than 100 rockets, an Israeli army spokeswoman told AFP, saying only around 33 of them had hit Israeli territory.


July 7, 2014 3am

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Four Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike on the central Gaza Strip late Sunday, a Ma'an reporter said.

At least two of them were members of the al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad movement. They were killed as Israeli warplanes struck al-Bureij refugee camp.

Those two were identified as Mazen al-Hadba and Marwan Salim.

Further details were not immediately available.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said the air force "managed to prevent a rocket attack" from the central Gaza Strip.

"A hit was confirmed," the spokeswoman said.

She said that 25 rockets fired from Gaza hit Israel on Sunday.

Israel has bombed the besieged enclave on a near-nightly basis amid heavy tension following the kidnapping and killing of three teenagers in the West Bank.


from Haaretz

3:29 A.M. Eight [Hamas militants, sic] confirmed dead, three confirmed wounded following IAF air strikes in Gaza. Six of the casualities occured in a single strike in the southern town of Rafah. (DPA)

2:51 A.M. Death toll from IAF air strikes in Gaza rises to seven. (Reuters)

2:47 A.M. IDF says mortar shell hits northern Golan Heights near the border fence. No injuries or damage reported, IDF resumes fire into the area. (Gili Cohen)

2:35 A.M. IDF spokesperson confirms IAF struck nine targets, including "concealed rocket launchers and other centers of terrorist activity in the Gaza Strip." (Haaretz)

2:24 A.M. Hamas reports an additional four militants died in Sunday's Israeli air strike in Gaza, bringing the death total to six. This is the biggest single Israeli hit against Hamas since 2012's Operation Pillar of Defense. (Reuters)

1:55 A.M. Rocket sirens sound in Sderot and Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council. (Shirley Seidler)

1:15 A.M. Firefighters from Be'er Sheva are fighting large amounts of burning debris stemming from the Tel Sheva riots from late Sunday night. Police had to intervene after the rioters attacked the firefighters upon their arrival. (Shirly Seidler)

1:00 A.M. Police arrested 12 people suspected of rioting and stone-throwing in the southern towns of Tel Sheva, Hura, Ar'ara and Laqiya.

12:10 A.M. Palestinian sources in Gaza report that the two Palestinians killed in the IAF air strikes in the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza were part of the Islamic Jihad's al-Quds Brigades.

According to Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Ashraf al-Kidra, the two casualties were Mazen al-Hadba, 30, and Marwan Salim, 23. A 20 year old also hit in the strike was reported in moderate condition. (Jack Khoury)

12:00 A.M. Two Palestinians reportedly killed in IAF strike on Gaza rocket launching cell. (Haaretz)

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