GAZA, July 31 (Xinhua) -- As Israel continues with its massive and round-the-clock military operation in the Gaza Strip, the body count of killed Palestinians has kept rising cruelly yet unsurprisingly day in and day out.
According to local medical sources, six Palestinians were killed and 15 others wounded on Thursday night in fresh Israeli air and ground strikes on central and southern Gaza Strip.
Ashraf al-Qedra, Gaza health ministry spokesman, told reporters that three Gazans were killed, including a child in an Israeli shelling on a house in Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza Strip.
Witnesses said that the three dead Palestinians were pulled out from under the rubble of their house in the refugee camp by rescue workers. Al-Qedra said ten more people were injured in the house attack.
Meanwhile, paramedics said that three more Palestinians, including a woman, were killed, and five injured in two separate airstrikes on the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis after their houses were struck by missiles.
Ever since Israel launched its Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip on July 8, a total of 1,428 Palestinians were killed, while about 8,000 others wounded, said al-Qedra, adding that most of the victims were civilians.
Also on Thursday, the Islamic Hamas movement slammed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for saying that his army will continue the Israeli war on the Gaza Strip.
"This means that he (Netanyahu) is gambling and bringing both his army and his people to the unknown," said Fawzi Barhoum, spokesman of Hamas movement in Gaza.
Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas leader in Gaza said in a short press statement published on Hamas news websites that Netanyahu " lives in a crisis and he receives heavy strikes of the Palestinian resistance."
"Netanyahu is seeking for an exit out of his crisis," said al- Hayya, adding that "there will be no ceasefire without meeting all the demands of the Palestinian resistance."
Meanwhile, Israel is also facing an ever growing force depletion. Since Israel's ground incursion to Gaza started earlier this month, 56 Israeli soldiers were killed in the battles, and more than 100 troopers were wounded.
However, compared to the large quantity of civilian deaths of Gazans, Israel has seen very low death toll on that. So far, three Israeli civilians were killed in the past three weeks in Hamas' rocket attacks.
The Islamic resistance movement have fired more than 2,800 rockets and mortars deep into the lands of Israel, yet many of them were intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome anti-rocket system.