Thursday, 10 July 2014

Israeli airstrikes kill 24 Palestinians in Gaza overnight


GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli airstrikes across the besieged Gaza Strip killed 24 Palestinians overnight Wednesday, a medical official said.

The most recent airstrike hit a car in al-Nafaq street in Gaza City, killing three and injuring four, Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said.

Bahaa Abu al-Leil, 35, Wisam Qandil and Amir al-Fayoumi were identified as the victims. Islamic Jihad said in a statement that the men were fighters with the al-Quds Brigades.

Early Thursday, Israeli warplanes targeted a building in Khan Younis, killing eight members of the al-Hajj family. Over 30 people were injured in the strike.

Most of the victims were children, al-Qidra said, adding that Israeli forces bombed the building without a warning or asking them to evacuate.

Tariq al-Hajj, Najla al-Hajj, Aminah al-Hajj, Saad al-Hajj, Omar al-Hajj, Aminah al-Hajj, and Basimah al-Hajj, 57, were named as the victims.

Earlier, nine Palestinians were killed and at least 10 injured when Israel targeted Waqt al-Marah coffee shop on a Khan Younis beach.

Locals said dozens of people were watching the World Cup semi-final game when Israel fired a missile at the crowd. more

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