Sunday, 11 March 2012

Video: Israeli strike kills Palestinian boy in new Gaza assault

A 12-year-old Palestinian boy has been killed in a third successive day of Israeli strikes on Gaza, according to local medical sources.

Another person was injured. It brings to 17 the number of dead in the Israeli bombardment since Friday.

The death of a Palestinian militant whose car was targeted by Israeli forces in Gaza City has sparked the worst violence the area has seen for almost a year, with Israel on the receiving end of sustained rocket attacks.

The Israeli army confirmed strikes have been carried out and said it was checking reports that a boy had died.

He's said to have been killed in northern Gaza. A Palestinian militant reportedly died in a separate attack.

The escalating violence has brought calls for a ceasefire from the UN, the EU, the Palestinian Authority and Egypt.

Israeli airstrikes kill 3 in Gaza including 12-year-old child - total dead 18 since Friday

[update - three killed in latest strike - total now 18 link]

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Israeli airstrikes early Sunday killed two people in the Gaza Strip, including a 12-year-old boy, as cross-border violence continued for a third day.

Medical spokesman in Gaza Adham Abu Salmiya said Ayoub Useila, 12, was killed in Jabalia refugee camp. His seven-year-old cousin was injured in the attack and taken to Kamal Udwan hospital in Jabalia, north Gaza.

Israeli warplanes also fired on the Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City, killing Ahmad Deib Salim, 24. He was a known militant, Abu Salmiya said.

The Israeli army said that it had targeted a "terrorist squad" preparing to fire rockets from northern Gaza. It also confirmed a direct hit on "two rocket launching sites, in the northern Gaza Strip, used by terror organizations." more