Palestinian toll climbs to 733 in Israeli offensive on Gaza
                 English.news.cn | 2014-07-24 20:03:24 | Editor: Fu Peng
 • Death toll of the ongoing Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip has climbed to 733.
 • International rights organizations and health organizations were urged for protection of the Palestinians.
 • More than 3,000 houses, according to Gaza rights groups, have been destroyed or damaged in 17 days.

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Palestinian medics treat a boy who was wounded by Israeli shelling at a hospital in the town of Khuza'a, east of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on July 24, 2014. The death toll of the ongoing Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip has climbed to 733, Palestinian medical sources said on Thursday. More than 4,600 others were wounded. (Xinhua/Yasser Qudih)

GAZA, July 24 (Xinhua) -- The death toll of the ongoing Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip has climbed to 733, Palestinian medical sources said on Thursday. More than 4,600 others were wounded.

Ashraf al-Qedra, the spokesman of the health ministry in Gaza, said that the death toll was going up every five minutes amid a severe shortage of medical supplies.

The spokesman urged international rights organizations and health organizations for protection of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, Tayseer Amro, deputy minister of national economy, told Xinhua that the wheel of Palestinian economy has completely stopped and all economic activities are paralyzed.

More than 3,000 houses, according to Gaza rights groups, have been destroyed or damaged in 17 days of intensive airstrikes and tank shelling.

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