Gaza death toll hits 100

2014-07-11 14:07
Palestinian relatives of Ahmed Mehdi, aged 14, stand next to his body at a hospital in Gaza City after his was killed in an Israeli air strike. (Mohammed Abed, AFP)

Palestinian relatives of Ahmed Mehdi, aged 14, stand next to his body at a hospital in Gaza City after his was killed in an Israeli air strike. (Mohammed Abed, AFP)

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Gaza City - Two Palestinians were killed in an Israeli strike on Friday, raising the toll in four days of violence to 100, Gaza health ministry spokesperson Ashraf Qudra said.

"Two Palestinians were killed and a third was wounded in an Israeli strike that targeted a car belonging to the Bureij municipality," Qudra told AFP.

"This brings the number of martyrs since the beginning of the Israeli aggression to 100," he added.

Earlier, six Palestinians were killed in two strikes, including one on the home of an Islamic Jihad militant in the southern city of Rafah, medical sources said.

Witnesses said the militant, Abdel Razzaq Ghannam, was not home when the attack took place, but five other people, including a woman and a seven-year-old child, were killed.

Another 15 people were wounded in the strike, which came an hour after another raid on Gaza City's Tel el-Hawa neighbourhood that killed 33-year-old Anas Abu Kass.

Deadliest violence since 2012

The deaths raise to 100 the toll since Israel began Operation Protective Edge early on Tuesday to halt cross-border rocket fire by militant groups.

Since then, militants have fired 426 mortars and rockets that struck Israel, while another 121 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system, an army spokesperson said on Friday.

It is the deadliest violence since November 2012, with a growing number of rockets fired at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and even as far north as Haifa.

So far, no Israelis have been killed.

However, a soldier was severely wounded in a mortar attack late on Thursday, and another man was very seriously hurt when a rocket hit a petrol station in the southern port city of Ashdod early on Friday.

Israel has also authorised the call-up of 40 000 reservist troops, and threatened a ground operation to stamp out the rocket fire.

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