Gaza toll tops 122 in fifth day of Israeli airstrikes

Gaza toll tops 122 in fifth day of Israeli airstrikes
Sat Jul 12, 2014 13:43:15

Sixteen more Palestinians have been martyred in Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, bringing the toll on the fifth day of violence to 122, medics say.

The latest strike martyred three in the eastern Tufah neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

The raid came shortly after two people were martyred in a strike that hit a charitable association for the disabled in Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, and another three people killed in an attack in western Gaza City.

Earlier, Qudra announced the martyrdom of eight other Palestinians, including a man who died of wounds sustained in an earlier strike, five people killed in Gaza's northern Jebaliya, and two further south in Deir al-Balah.

Local officials said the morning's raids hit targets that included mosques and homes of Hamas officials, throughout the coastal enclave.

The latest fatalities raise the death toll to 122 since the Israeli regime began Operation Protective Edge early Tuesday.

Since then, Palestinians have fired approximately 520 mortar rounds and rockets that struck Israel, while another 140 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system, an Israeli army statement said late Friday.

It is the deadliest violence since November 2012, when over 160 Palestinians were killed and about 1,200 others were injured in Israel’s eight-day offensive on the coastal enclave.


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