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Israeli airstrikes kill 11 Palestinians in Gaza

English.news.cn   2014-07-09 20:04:47

GAZA, July 9 (Xinhua) -- A total of 11 Palestinians were killed on Wednesday in waves of Israeli airstrikes targeting the Gaza Strip, medical sources said.

Ashraf al-Qedra, a health ministry official, said two teenager brothers were killed in an Israeli air raid on Shuja'ya neighborhood in east of Gaza City.

A woman in her twenties and her two-year-old baby were killed when an Israeli jet bombed their house in Zaitoun neighborhood, south of Gaza City, al-Qedra said, adding that another woman and her 14-year-old son were also killed in Israeli air raids. In addition to that, two young men in their twenties were slain in separate air raids on southern Gaza.

Earlier in the day, three Palestinians, including an old woman, were killed as Israeli warplanes hit central Gaza Strip.

Israel has launched a massive air campaign with the codename of "Operation Protective Edge" on Gaza early on Tuesday morning, following nearly 300 rockets fired from the Strip toward Israel's southern communities.

Over the past two days, the Israel Defense Forces has launched approximately 430 air strikes on Gaza.

The death toll in Gaza mounted to 35, and more than 300 Palestinians were injured, with 40 houses being completely destroyed.

Israel has announced it would enlarge its operation against Gaza, warning that Islamic Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, would pay a heavy price.

Meanwhile, Islamic Hamas movement said it would not stop launching rocket attacks on Israel as long as the airstrikes continued.

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