Palestine: Twelve dead in Gaza as Israel bombs two more high-rise towers

27th Aug 2014



[Photo: Three brothers killed, along with their mother, in Jabalia in northern Gaza after Israeli army bombarded their home in Jabalia two days ago – Raya News]


Israeli airstrikes across Gaza killed 12 Palestinians Tuesday, including two young brothers, while dozens more were wounded when warplanes bombed two high-rise residential blocks, medics and witnesses said.

In the latest attack, children Mohammed and Omar al-Breem were killed when an Israeli shell struck their family car in the southern town of Khan Younis, health ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra wrote on Twitter.

He wrote that the brothers’ deaths came moments before a permanent ceasefire went into effect at 7:00 pm.

An early airstrike killed two men in the street in the northern al-Nafaq neighborhood. Qudra identified the victims as Mohammed Moin Abu Ajouza and Hasan Omar al-Khawa.

An Israeli bombing on the eastern al-Shaaf neighborhood killed Shadi Alawieh, 26, and Salem Mohamadin, 23.

In northern Gaza, Samer Medhat Hamad, 24, and Mohammed Abdulrahman Daher, 49, were killed in a strike in an unspecified neighborhood, Qudra added.

Mohammed Majdi Za’anin was killed in the northern town of Beit Hanoun.

And three men were killed in the southern town of Rafah. They were identified as Youssef Ghanam, Ahmed Kamel Jarbou, 26, and Mohammed Saleh al-Riyati, 18.

The killings bring the Palestinian death toll from Israel’s US-backed terror campaign against the besieged strip, now in its 50th day, to 2,143. More than 10,000 others have been wounded.

Another strike on the Nasser neighborhood in the north hit a 16-story mixed-use complex known as “Little Italy,” causing its complete collapse, witnesses said.

Medics said 25 people were wounded in the raid but no one was killed.

Witnesses said that F16s fired at least six rockets at the tower block, in which there were 60 apartments and a commercial complex including dozens of shops, completely destroying it.

They said residents had fled the building after the Israeli army sent them recorded warning messages.

“The army told them to leave immediately and they all ran out into the street to find shelter,” one told AFP.

Shortly afterwards, warplanes fired on the 14-story Al-Basha building in the western Rimal neighborhood, causing massive damage and wounding another 15 people, witnesses and medics said.

Part of the building was used by Sawt al-Shaab radio, or “Voice of the People,” run by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Hamas’s armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, released a statement saying said it had fired four rockets at Tel Aviv and one at the northern port city of Haifa in response to the destruction of the two towers.

The Israeli army confirmed carrying out 15 airstrikes since midnight (2100 GMT Monday).

During the night, there was no rocket fire on Israel, but at 6:30 am (0330 GMT), fighters sent a heavy barrage over the border, setting sirens sounding all up the Mediterranean coast, the army said.

Since then, 21 rockets have been fired at Israeli occupied territory, 18 of which struck the south and one of which was intercepted over greater Tel Aviv, a spokeswoman said.

She said there were no reports of anything hitting farther north than the southern port city of Ashkelon where a rocket hit a house causing major damage and lightly wounding 21 people.

Late on Monday, two rockets fired from Lebanon hit Israeli occupied territory.

(AFP, Al-Akhbar)

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