Israel hits mosque in Gaza strike as death toll tops 160

July 13, 2014 | By | Reply More

July 13, – The rising death toll has sparked international concern over the proportionality of Israel’s response to rocket fire from Gaza. The number of dead in Gaza reached at least 160, Palestinian medical sources said, the majority of whom were civilians, according to the United Nations agency for humanitarian affairs. More than 1,000 people have been wounded. There have been no Israeli deaths as a direct result of a rocket strike.

hromedia Israel hits mosque in Gaza strike as death toll tops 140 arab uprising4Despite a unanimous appeal from U.N. Security Council members, Israel and Palestinian militants traded more airstrikes and rocket fire Saturday, with at least one mosque and a center for the disabled among the latest structures hit in the Gaza Strip.

Early Sunday, a heavy wave of airstrikes destroyed police stations and much of the security headquarters in the Tel Al Hawa neighborhood in the south of Gaza.

Separately, news reports quoted the Israeli military as saying four special forces soldiers were slightly wounded in a raid on a rocket-launching site in northern Gaza. It was the first time Israeli soldiers were known to have crossed into Gaza during the conflict.

A unanimous statement by the 15 members of the U.N. Security Council, including the United States, called for the fighting to stop and for peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians to be revived. The council urged the two sides to resume the truce that ended the previous round of hostilities in November 2012.

The U.N. statement came on the fifth day of Israel’s aerial assault on militants based in Gaza.

Israel said a mosque that was hit in the Nusseirat area served as a weapons storage facility and a gathering place for militants.

Late Saturday, emergency services spokesman Ashraf Qidra said a house and a mosque were hit in the Tuffah neighborhood of Gaza City, killing 17 people — the largest death toll in any single airstrike during the Israeli campaign; 35 people were hurt.

Palestinian sources say all 17 were members of the extended family of the Hamas police chief, Tayseer Batsh, who was seriously wounded in the attack.

It was not clear why Israeli jets hit the center for disabled people. Residents told journalists that a dummy missile landed on the center’s roof before dawn as a warning of an imminent strike, but that not all of those inside, some of whom suffered from severe disabilities, could get out in time. Two people were killed.

Israel did not immediately comment on the strike.

Six people were killed in a home targeted by Israeli missiles. Two of the dead were reportedly nephews of Ismail Haniyeh, one of the most senior leaders of the militant group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat reports.

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