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11 Gazans killed as Israel resumes airstrikes: medics

English.news.cn   2014-08-20 18:01:20

GAZA, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Israeli missiles killed eleven Palestinians and wounded 20 others all over the Gaza Strip on Wednesday morning, while destroying more civilian houses in the already heavily-damaged enclave, medics and eyewitnesses said.

Ashraf al-Qedra, the health ministry spokesman in Gaza told reporters that eight family members from the Allouh family were killed just after midnight Wednesday when Israeli war jets struck their homes in central Gaza Strip town of Deit el-Ballah.

Rescue workers found the body of a child buried beneath the rubble of a house belonging to the al-Dalu family that was struck overnight, while two others were killed in two separate airstrikes on Gaza city, he said, adding that at least 20 people were injured.

Security officials in Gaza reported that around six houses were destroyed overnight Tuesday and on Wednesday morning by Israeli missiles after a six-day ceasefire agreement between Israel and militants in Gaza collapsed.

Indirect talks between the two sides that were sponsored by Egypt ended after Israel accused Palestinian factions of violating the ceasefire by firing three rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israel.

"The Israeli delegation is fully responsible for all the crimes committed against our people. Certainly, the Israeli procrastination and deception blocked every chance and wasted time to undermine the talks," Musa Abu Marzooq, chief of Hamas delegation to the talks in Cairo, said in a press statement.

The Palestinians demanded the complete lifting of Israel's blockade on Gaza, access to a functional Gazan airport and seaport, along with international support for rebuilding the shattered enclave. Israel demanded that Hamas completely disarm and that the Gaza Strip be demilitarized.

Israel began its large-scale ground and air offensive on the Gaza Strip on July 8 purportedly to rein in Gaza militants and stop rocket fire targeting the Jewish state. \

Editor: Yang Yi
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