Gaza death toll hits 194, mostly civilians

Gaza death toll hits 194, mostly civilians

The total number of Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes across the Gaza Strip over the past week has reached 194, according to a Palestinian Health official.

"At least 194 people have been killed and around 1400 injured, many seriously, since the start of the Israeli military operation," Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qodra told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday morning.

For a week, Israel has waged a crippling air blitz against the Gaza Strip-dubbed "Operation Protective Edge"-with the stated aim of ending rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave.

Since last Monday, Israeli warplanes have struck more than a thousand targets across the besieged enclave, which is home to around 1.8 million Palestinians.

Israeli ground troops remain amassed on the strip's borders, meanwhile, in advance of a possible ground assault.

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