Thirty Palestinians Killed, Dozens Injured on Seventeenth Day of Aggression on Gaza

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GAZA, July 24, 2014 – (WAFA) – Thirty Palestinians were killed, including six children and ten members of one family, as the Israel military aggression on Gaza Strip entered Thursday its seventeenth day, bringing the total death toll to 725 and injuries to 4,563, most of whom are children, women and elderly.

Israeli forces fired live ammunition at some of Khuza‘a residents upon their gathering at Ash-Shawafin junction to the east of Khan Younes, killing one Palestinian and injuring several others. The fatality was identified as Mohammad Suleiman An-Najjar.

Another Palestinian, identified as Khalil Naser Washah, 21, succumbed to his injuries he previously sustained Tuesday in the ongoing aggression on Gaza.

Israeli warplanes bombarded a house in western Khan Younes, claiming the lives of six Palestinians from al-Astal family, including two children and seriously injuring three others. They were identified as Amin Tha’er Al-Astal, 3, and Nada Tha’er Al-Astal, 5, Milad ‘Omran Al-Astal, 29, Mohammad Omran Al-Astal, 33, Malak Amin Al-Astal, 24, Ahmad Tha’er Al-Astal, 33.

In addition, Israeli tanks shelled ‘Absan and Bani Suheila in Khan Younes district, claiming the lives of seven Palestinians, including a teenager. They were identified as Bassam Khaled Abu-Shahla, 44, Ahmad Rif‘at Al-Raqab, 23, Salman Salman Al-Brim, 27, Mohammad Isma‘il Al-Astal, 17, Isma‘il Mohammad Al-Astal, 48, Ahmad Mohammad Al-Astal, 20, and Mohammad Hasan Al-Astal, 43.

Another Palestinian identified as Yazid Sa‘ed Al-Batsh, 23, succumbed to his wounds he sustained in an earlier strike on the city.

Israeli artillery shells smashed into a house in Jabalia in northern Gaza Strip, claiming the lives of four Palestinians from Abu Aita family, including a child and two elderly as well as injuring ten others. The fatalities were identified as Adham Ahmad Abu Aita, 11, Ibrahim Abdulla Abu Aita, 67, Jamila Salim Abu Aita, 65, Ahmad Ibrahim Abu Aita, 30.

Israeli tanks shelled early Thursday Zamou Street in Beit Hanoun, claiming the life of one Palestinian. He was identified as Yahya Ibrahim Abu Harbid.

Israeli artillery shells targeted houses in Az-Zaytoun neighborhood to the southeast of Gaza, injuring several Palestinians. They were all evacuated to Ash-Shifa hospital.

Meanwhile, Israeli warplanes targeted a motorbike with a missile in ‘Absan to the east of Khan Younes, claiming the lives of at least three unidentified Palestinians.

Palestinian medics and rescue teams retrieved early Thursday the bodies of two Palestinians who were killed when an Israeli F-16 fighter jet pounded the Zeyadis house in Jabalia. They were identified as Bilal Zayed Olwan, 20, and Majed Mohammad, 26.

Meanwhile, another Palestinian identified as Khalil Naser ‘Atiya, 21, succumbed to his wounds he sustained earlier when an Israeli warplane pounded houses in central Gaza Strip.

Meanwhile, the residents of Khuza‘a made early Thursday an urgent appeal for rescuing the wounded and recovering the bodies of other Palestinians buried under the rubble. The town was shelled on Tuesday with hundreds of Israeli missiles; the number of Palestinians killed by the strike is still unknown.

Source: WAFA