Israel airstrikes push Gaza toll above 100, no sign of truce yet

Israel airstrikes push Gaza toll above 100, no sign of truce yet
Gaza City:  Two Palestinians were killed in a new Israeli air strike on central Gaza on Monday, pushing the death toll in six days of violence to more than 100, emergency services said.

"Two martyrs killed in a new Israeli strike east of al-Bureij (refugee camp) were taken to the al-Aqsa hospital in Deir al-Balah," an emergency services statement said. The deaths pushed the overall Gaza toll to 101.

The two new deaths came on the heels of a raid on Gaza City's Shuruq tower media centre - the second time the building has been targeted - which killed one person.

Islamic Jihad sources named him as Ramez Harb and said he was a senior commander in its armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades.

Elsewhere, two more people died in bombing of the Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, medics said, and another Palestinian was killed east of Nusseirat in a separate strike.

There was no immediate word on the identities of the other victims.

Also during the afternoon, one person was killed and another two wounded when a missile struck a car just north of Gaza City, medics said, without identifying those killed.

Medics also said Ramadan Mahmud, 22, had died of injuries suffered in Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza on Sunday.

Another three people succumbed to injuries sustained in the violence, but the health ministry could not immediately provide details on their identities.

Elsewhere, a missile hit a motorcycle east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, killing two men and critically wounding a child who was with them, Gaza's ambulance service said.

The two were named as Abdullah Abu Khater, 30, and Mahmud Abu Khater, 32.

An earlier strike on Qarara in the same area killed two farmers, Ibrahim al-Astal and Obama al-Astal, medics said.

In a strike on southern Gaza City, a car was hit, killing one man and injuring another three, officials said, naming the dead man as Mohammed Shamalah, 23.

Three people were killed in a strike on a car in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza, all of them from the same family - Amir Bashir, Tamal Bashir and Salah Bashir.

Early in the day, two women and a child were among four people killed in a strike on Gaza City's eastern Zeitun neighbourhood - Nisma Abu Zorr, 23, Mohammed Abu Zorr, five, Saha Abu Zorr, 20 and Ahid al-Qatati, 35.

And medics said another man had been found dead in the northern town of Beit Lahiya, naming him as Abdel Rahman al-Atar, a 50-year-old farmer.

Story First Published: November 19, 2012 22:31 IST

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