12 dead in Gaza airstrikes

Bombe over Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Twelve Palestinians were killed Wednesday in the ongoing Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, bringing the overall death toll since Monday to 35 and 300 injuries. 

The most recent deadly airstrike was reported in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip killing 40-year-old woman Sahar Hamdan al-Masri and her teenage son 14-year-old Ibrahim. The two were killed after an Israeli missile hit their house.

Shortly before that, an Israeli airstrike killed 22-year-old Muhammad Khalid al-Nimrah in Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City.

Earlier Wednesday, year-and-a half-old Muhammad Malaka and his 27-year-old mother Aminah Malak were killed along with a young man Hatim Abu Salim by an Israeli airstrike on a house in the Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City.

Earlier Israeli airstrikes on central Gaza killed three people, among them an elderly woman, a health ministry spokesman said.

Ashraf al-Qidra said 60-year-old Abd al-Nasser Abu Kweik and his 31-year-old son Khaled were killed in a strike on Nuseirat refugee camp.

Additionally, an airstrike hit al-Mughraqa village in central Gaza, killing 80-year-old Nayfa Farajallah.

Before that, a Palestinian man was killed and another was injured by an Israeli airstrike on a motorcycle in the northern Gaza Strip.

Al-Qidra said 30-year-old Rafiq al-Kafarna was killed as Israeli warplanes targeted his motorcycle in Beit Lahiya.

Another man sustained critical injuries and was taken to Kamal Udwan Hospital, al-Qidra said.

An Israeli army statement said earlier that the air force carried out strikes on some 160 targets in the Gaza Strip overnight.

Israeli airstrikes killed 24 Palestinians, most of them civilians, on Tuesday and early Wednesday. 

Israel has dubbed its air campaign on Gaza “Operation Protective Edge,” saying the offensive comes in response to heavy rocket fire from Gaza’s militant groups.

Source: Maan News