Gaza toll tops that of 2012

2014-07-14 22:32

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Gaza City - The death toll from Israel's seven-day air campaign against Gaza rose to 184 on Monday, exceeding that of the last conflict in the besieged Palestinian territory, in 2012.

Five Palestinians were killed in two separate air strikes late on Monday, hiking the toll above the 177 people killed in the last major round of violence between Israel and its Islamist foe Hamas in November 2012.

In all, 14 people were killed on Monday, with the total number wounded in the conflict rising to 1 1 280.

The Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) said on Sunday that more than three-quarters of the dead were civilians.

The bloodiest day so far was Saturday, when 56 people were killed.

No Israelis have been killed. Four have been seriously wounded since the start of the operation.

Israel began Operation Protective Edge before dawn on Tuesday in an attempt to halt cross-border rocket fire by militant groups.

Since then, more than 800 rockets have hit Israel, while some 187 others have been intercepted by its Iron Dome air defence system, the army said.

Israel's Operation Pillar of Defence in 2012 was also an attempt to stamp out rocket fire from Gaza militants.

It left 177 Palestinians and six Israelis dead.

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