Israeli airstrike kills a whole family in Gaza

Posted: August 23, 2014 in World News
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Five members of a Palestinian family were killed in an Israeli airstrike on a home in central Gaza on Saturday morning, as Israel continued to bombard the besieged
coastal enclave on the 47th day of the assault while Palestinian leaders urged international intervention.

The strikes brought the total death toll in Gaza to 2,098 with more than 10,550 injured according to Gaza medical authorities, of whom the United Nations has identified 70 percent as civilians.

The strike on Saturday morning hit the home of the Dahrouj family al-Zawayda neighborhood in the
central Gaza Strip, killing a couple and their three children, medical sources said.

Spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qidra said that medical sources managed
to recover five bodies after an Israeli airstrike leveled the home of the Dahrouj family.

One of the victims was a woman who was identified as Hayat Abed Rabbo Dahrouj, 47, while the bodies of the four others killed in the strike
were yet to be identified.

Another airstrike on Saturday morning hit the building of the al-Qarara municipality, striking an
educational center in the building.

Earlier on Saturday morning, Abd al-Rahman Hadayid from Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip succumbed to wounds he sustained a few days ago.

Israeli warplanes also destroyed al-Aidon mosque in Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City and
another mosque in Abasan village east of Khan Younis in the south.

Eight Palestinians were also injured in the Zaytoun neighborhood when warplanes hit the home of Aqil
family. The injured were evacuated to Shifa hospital.

A Ma’an reporter in Gaza said that an Israeli drone fired a missile at the house before fighter jets destroyed it completely by firing four missiles.

Israeli airstrikes also targeted two military bases belonging the military wing of Hamas, the al-
Qassam Brigades, in Rafah and Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip as well a third in Beit Lahiya in
the north.

Israeli gunboats, meanwhile, launched dozens of strikes on the Gaza shore as well as agricultural
areas across the coastal enclave.

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed since Israel resumed its assault on the 139 square mile
(360 sq km) enclave four days ago, after a series of temporary ceasefires had led to a fragile calm
while indirect negotiations for a long-term truce took place in Cairo.

Palestinian negotiators, however, accused Israel of stalling in the talks and refusing to respond to
numerous proposals they have put forth which call for peace in exchange for the end of an eight-year blockade that has crippled Gaza’s economy by restricting the movement of all imports, exports,
and people in and out of the territory.

Israel has refused these demands, instead insisting on the demilitarization of Gaza. Palestinian groups, however, have scoffed at this demand in the wake of the massive Israeli assault, arguing that Palestinian fighters managed to repel the Israeli ground invasion.

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