KHAN YOUNIS, DEIR AL-BALAH, GAZA CITY CASUALTIES
Jewish military airstrikes have been particularly heavy in some areas of Gaza, Khan Younis has been on the receiving end of horrible damage, with many casualties and many more wounded in the vicious destruction meted out by the Jewish military. It really cannot be made clear often enough that it is a violation of the Laws of War to target and destroy civilian dwellings.
Israel continued airstrikes and shelling on the Gaza Strip Monday, killing five Palestinians, medical sources said.
14 July, 2014 Ma’an
Abdullah Baraka and Abasan al-Jadida were killed in Khan Younis by an Israeli airstrike, Gaza health official Ashraf al-Qidra said.
Hmeid Suleiman Abu al-Araj, 60, was killed in an airstrike on Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip and a man was seriously injured in a targeted attack on a motorcycle in Khan Younis.
A child was also wounded in the airstrike.
Earlier, Adham Muhammad Abdul-Fattah al-Abdul succumbed to wounds sustained in Gaza City. Hanadi Hamdi Muammar, 27, was killed in Israeli airstrikes on Khan Younis early Monday.
Over 60 Palestinians were injured overnight as warplanes bombarded homes, abandoned military bases and agricultural areas across the territory.
Al-Noor Mosque in Deir al-Balah was destroyed by an Israeli airstrike and a government building was hit in Gaza City.
There was shelling reported in Beit Lahiya, in the far north, where Israel had earlier warned residents of an impending assault.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon said “too many” Palestinian civilians have been killed, as the Palestinian death toll from the punishing Israeli campaign hit 172 with another 1,230 people wounded.
Ban also urged Israel to scrap plans for a potentially devastating ground offensive, fears of which have sent over 17,000 Gazans fleeing from the north.
Israeli media reported that a security cabinet meeting ended late Sunday with no orders for a ground assault.
Israeli army radio quoted security sources “at the most senior level” as saying that there were “four channels for attempts to reach a ceasefire — Qatar, the Palestinian Authority, the Americans and the Egyptians.”
As the death toll rose, the Gaza-based Palestinian Center for Human Rights said most of the victims were civilians, putting their number at more than 130, among them 35 children and 26 women.
Clashes erupted in central Paris as thousands of people protested against Israel and in support of Gazans. Protesters also rallied across Asia to condemn the Israeli offensive, with 3,000 gathering in Sydney and hundreds more in Hong Kong, New Delhi and Jakarta.
AFP contributed to this report