GAZA, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- More Gazans were killed on Saturday as Israel continued to bomb the coastal enclave while the warring parties are still at odds to reach a more enduring ceasefire agreement.
The Israeli air raids killed one Gazan on Saturday in central Gaza Strip, and two others in southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, with two more Palestinians wounded, medics and eyewitnesses said.
Medics told Xinhua that a 37-year-old man was instantly killed when Israeli war jets targeted a group of people in Deir al-Balah town.
Meanwhile, Ashraf al-Qedra, Gaza health ministry spokesman, told reporters that two Palestinians were hit and killed while they were driving a vehicle in southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah by Israeli missiles. He added that two bystanders were injured.
Al-Qedra also said that rescue workers pulled earlier on Saturday the bodies of five Palestinians in central Gaza Strip and in eastern Gaza City, adding that three people died because of the wounds they were inflicted two days ago.
Israel has stepped up its large-scale military operation on the Hams-ruled Gaza Strip that started on July 8 in a bid to disarm Gaza militant groups and stop rocket firing into its territory.
So far, death toll in Gaza has mounted to 1,914, including 449 children, 243 women, while Israel has seen the death of 64 soldiers and three civilians during the ongoing Israeli offensive.
RAMALLAH, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- As the Israeli military operation enters its fifth week, Palestinians in the West Bank are carrying out solidarity movement.
Recently, an independent group of some 200 volunteers called " Boats" collected humanitarian aids across the West Bank to help Gaza Strip's populations going through tragic and hard living conditions after one month of large-Israeli air and ground offensive, which claimed lives of about 1,900 Palestinians. Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Friday voiced his disappointment at the failure of the Cairo talks between Israel and the Palestinians to extend the 72- hour truce in Gaza.
"The secretary-general expresses his deep disappointment that the parties were unable to agree to an extension of the ceasefire in their talks in Cairo," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesperson. Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- "Humanitarian needs remain enormous (in Gaza), with the provision of fresh food and drinkable water the most pressing," Deputy UN spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters here Friday.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ( OCHA) said that during the 72-hour ceasefire, aid agencies began to assess needs and stepped up the delivery of urgently needed relief, Haq said at a daily news briefing here, adding that the assessment found the enormous humanitarian needs in the Gaza Strip. Full story