GAZA, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Seven Palestinians, including three paramedics, were killed Friday in an Israeli airstrike in the southern Gaza Strip, medical sources said.
An Israeli airstrike targeted an ambulance in Rafah City, killing three paramedics instantly, the source said.
In the southern Gaza Strip city of Khanyounis, four people, all from same family, were killed by Israeli artillery fire, the sources added.
The Ministry of Health in Gaza said 62 people were killed and 350 others injured by artillery fire that targeted Rafah City on Friday.
The situation in Gaza has dramatically worsened hours after a 72-hour UN-backed ceasefire came into force as Israeli artillery fire pounded Rafah City, killing and injuring dozens of Palestinians.
Israel said the bombardment came after Hamas breached the ceasefire deal by carrying out attack against Israeli soldiers near Gaza.
Israel also said it had missed contact with one of its soldiers after Hamas operation, who is more likely to be abducted by Hamas.
However, Hamas said its operation was carried out one hour before the ceasefire started. The Islamic movement has not commented on the abduction of the Israeli soldier so far.
More than 1,500 Palestinians have been killed and some 8,000 people have been injured since Israel stepped up an offensive on Gaza on July 8.
In Israel, 61 soldiers and three civilians, including a Thai national, were also killed.
Israel said its operation aimed at ending Palestinian rocket fire into Israel and destroying "terror tunnels" sneaking into its territories.
Regional and international unremitting efforts to end the ongoing fighting between Israel and Palestinian factions in Gaza have been going on unabated.