Israeli strikes kill 10 in Gaza as Egypt readies talks

August 23, 2014 | By | Reply More

Aug 23, – Israel pounded Gaza with 60 air strikes on Saturday, killing 10 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and bringing down a 12-storey apartment block as Egypt called for new truce talks.

hromedia Israeli strikes kill 10 in Gaza as Egypt readies talks arab uprising2Since a previous round of frantic Egyptian diplomacy collapsed last Tuesday, shattering nine days of calm, 86 Palestinians and a four-year-old Israeli boy have been killed in the violence.

Israel on Saturday sent text messages, voice mails and leaflets warning Palestinians that “every house from which militant activity is carried out, will be targeted” and to stay away from “terrorists”.

Israel insists on full safety for millions of citizens who live in daily fear of rocket fire, while Hamas insists that Israel must end its eight-year blockade of the territory as part of any truce.

At least 2,103 Palestinians and 68 people on the Israeli side, all but four of them soldiers, have been killed since July 8.

The UN says 70 percent of the Palestinians who have died were civilians, and that among the dead are 478 children.

Israel said it had carried out 60 air strikes over Gaza on Saturday and that around 71 rockets and mortar rounds from Gaza hit Israel, with another 17 intercepted, including one over Tel Aviv.

Late Saturday a rocket fired from Lebanon struck the Upper Galilee causing damage to a structure, police and the army said, with a security source telling AFP it hit a Druse village.

No group took responsibility for what appeared to be a show of support for Hamas, in an act similar to rocket launches from Lebanon last month.

There was no immediate Israeli response but a Lebanese security source said Israeli helicopters were seen over the border area.

The deadliest Israeli air strike on Gaza levelled a home in Al-Zawayda in the centre of the Strip, killing a couple, their sons aged three and four, and a 45-year-old aunt, medics said.

Neighbours said the family house had been bombed earlier in the conflict and that the family had returned to camp out in the ruins, when it was hit overnight by an F16.

– Apartment block levelled –

Air strikes killed a 64-year-old man south of Gaza City, and in the town of Deir al-Balah a 12-year-old boy and his 38-year-old mother, as well as another 43-year-old woman.

In the heart of Gaza City an Israeli air strike levelled an apartment building at dusk, wounding at least 18 people, 10 of them children, emergency services said.

Residents in the 12-storey building were called 10 minutes before the attack and told to evacuate, sparking a stampede as dozens of people ran down to the street, neighbours said.

Two missiles then slammed into the complex, reducing it to a pile of dusty rubble and sparking panic in the area, witnesses said.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told a Hamas military operations room had been located in the building.

Veiled women wept as they stumbled down the street, cradling young children.

Dozens of families were said to live in the building, adding to the 460,000 people already displaced by the war in Gaza — more than a quarter of the enclave’s 1.8 million population.

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer HYat reports.

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