Mourners pray beside bodies of
Palestinians, killed at a U.N. school, during their funeral in Jabalya in
the northern Gaza Strip January 7, 2009. Israel and Hamas said they were
temporarily holding their fire in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday to ease the
flow of humanitarian aid and both sides said they were studying an
Egyptian proposal for a ceasefire. International pressure on Israel to
halt its 12-day-old assault mounted after tank shells killed 42
Palestinians at a U.N. school in the coastal enclave.(Xinhua/Reuters
GAZA, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- A senior medical official in
Gaza said on Thursday that 763 Palestinians have been killed and 3,120 others
wounded in 13 days of Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip.
Mo'aweya Hassanein, chief of emergency and ambulance
services in the Palestinian Health Ministry, told reporters 763 people were
killed and 3,120 wounded, including 375 in critical conditions, during the
Israeli air and ground military operations.
"Many people are missing, most probably under the
rubble of dozens of destroyed houses," said Hassanein, adding that 375
Palestinians in critical conditions need urgent medical treatments.
At the end of the three-hour Israeli unilateral
cessation of air and ground strikes on the Gaza Strip Thursday, Israeli
warplanes carried out three airstrikes and tanks fired at least five shells.
He said 11 Palestinians were killed and around 40
others wounded on Thursday, urging the world's humanitarian organizations to
move as quickly as possible to stop a severe and real humanitarian crisis. ¡¡