GAZA, July 12 (Xinhua) -- At least 10 Palestinians were killed and more than 15 others injured during the intensive predawn airstrikes by Israeli warplanes on various targets all over the Gaza Strip.
Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the Health Ministry in Gaza, told reporters Saturday that three Palestinians were killed and five injured in an Israeli airstrike on a group of people near a mosque in western Gaza city.
He also said that two handicapped girls were killed and five were critically wounded in an Israeli airstrike on a local handicapped society in northern Gaza Strip, and four Palestinians were killed and five injured in airstrike on a group of people near the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabalia.
Just before the raid near Jabalia, a 17-year-old boy was killed in an airstrike in a Gaza city's main street, al-Qedra added.
The Palestinian health ministry said in a press statement that since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip early Tuesday, 118 Palestinians were killed and more than 900 wounded.
The health ministry also said that two thirds of the casualties are civilians, including children, women and old men, adding that there is a severe shortage of medical and health services that the hospitals in the Gaza Strip can provide.
Overnight Saturday, Israeli war jets kept striking on houses all over the Gaza Strip, while militants linked to Hamas and Islamic Jihad continued firing rockets deeper into Israel.
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