Thursday, 17 July 2014

8 Palestinians killed ahead of Gaza aid truce


BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel killed eight Palestinians overnight before a five-hour humanitarian truce came into effect at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Shortly before 10 a.m., Israeli artillery shells killed three Palestinians from the Abu Sneima family and injured four others in eastern Rafah.

Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said three bodies, including a woman, were removed from a Rafah home.

Earlier, five Palestinians were killed in Israeli attacks.

Muhammad Hassunah, 65, and Muhammad al-Hoot were killed by an Israeli missile at 4 a.m. while on their way to a mosque in Rafah for dawn prayers.

Zaynab Muhammad al-Abadlah, 71, died Thursday morning from injuries sustained in an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis and 22-year-old Muhammad Mahmoud al-Qadim died in an airstrike on central Gaza.

Also on Thursday morning, a 22-year-old man Muhammad Mahmoud al-Qadim succumbed to wounds he sustained in an Israeli raid in eastern Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

Ahmad Rihan, 23, was killed in northern Gaza by an Israeli aerial attack.

Israeli forces bombed the Khalil family home in Gaza City and the house of former Gaza minister of interior Fathi Hammad in Beit Lahiya.

Warplanes also targeted a building under construction belonging to a charitable society for women in Gaza City. more

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