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Gaza death toll over 80 as third day of Israel offensive continues

Published time: July 10, 2014 14:34
Edited time: July 10, 2014 19:48

Palestinians observe the wreckage of a car hit by an Israeli air strike killing the driver in Gaza City on July 9, 2014. (AFP Photo / Thomas Coex)

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The Palestinian death toll has risen to 88 as Israel continues airstrikes on the third day of Operation Protective Edge. At least 18 children have been killed in the Gaza Strip since Tuesday, with a further 339 people injured, among them many civilians.

Earlier in the day health sources told RT that the Palestinian death toll had risen to 81 as Israel continued airstrikes on the third day of Operation Protective Edge. At least 21 children aged 16 or younger have been killed in the Gaza Strip since Tuesday, the Gaza health ministry said as cited by Beirut-based newspaper al-Akhbar.

The previous fatalities count of 64 was voiced by the Palestinian side on Thursday morning.

Earlier emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said the a night strike targeted a coffee shop in the city of Khan Younis, killing six men and wounding at least 15 others, AFP reported.

A second strike hit the home of Raed Shalat at Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, killing him and injuring several others, Qidra added.

Seven people – three women and four children – were killed in further strikes on two houses in Khan Younis. The Palestinian Health Ministry said five of those killed were children. Another 16 people were also wounded in the attack, the ministry added.

Palestinians inspect the remains of a car which police said was hit in an Israeli air strike in Gaza City July 9, 2014. (Reuters / Ashraf Amrah)

Meanwhile, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) says over 360 rockets have been fired at Israel since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge. Over 590 targets in the Gaza Strip were hit.

The offensive is the worst escalation of violence between Israel and the Palestinians since 2012.

Palestinian rockets have targeted central and southern Israel, reaching as far as Jerusalem but causing no serious casualties.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will give a briefing at an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Thursday around the escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence. "Gaza is on a knife edge," Ban told reporters on Wednesday. "I firmly condemn the multiple rocket attacks launched from Gaza on Israel. Such attacks are unacceptable and must stop."

"I also urged [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu to exercise maximum restraint and to respect international obligations to protect civilians. I condemn the rising number of civilian lives lost in Gaza," he added.

Palestinian rescuers check a car hit by an Israeli air strike killing the driver in Gaza City on July 9, 2014. (AFP Photo / Thomas Coex)

Comments (153)


Rayan Toaba 11.07.2014 00:53

Thaaanks for this journalist. Yes, this is the truth:

Russian broadcaster react on the air and expose U.S. complicity with the Israeli occupation


Victor Daryl Tatum 10.07.2014 23:31

Morgan 10.07.

I wonder if Paula Slier has come out of her Israeli kibbutz bomb-shelter protected by their Yassam or Israeli Army thugs! You're embedded with the OCCUPIERS Paula. Ask them for a sample of their MILITARY GRADE tear/nerve gas,or rubber(sliced thru)coated steel bullets.The Israeli soldiers like to CUT into the rubber coatings before firing at femoral arteries of KIDS!
Wow! Thank goodness Hamas resistance has F-16's,Tanks,Apache helo's,guided missiles,Drone missiles,Iron Domes etc, to defend Gaza POW camp! Ooops,that's wrong they don't,do they!
Just like WW2 Jewish resistance!



Malcore 10.07.2014 21:55

Goodluck Lucky 10.07.2014 18:30

Those pro-Hamas and Pro-Gazan militants don't want the world to know of their aggression. they don't even bother to provide shelter for their citizens, saying they can't afford bomb shelters


Go odluck, thats because they hide behind children and want people killed, So the news will cover and count how many people died who were not fighting. Its a tactic they have used for years to make others feel sorry for them. Cowards like this who use children and women as shield should shot. All this spam is to try and gain support for their cause. I bet some are paid

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