Death toll from Israeli attacks in Gaza hits 828

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Published 25.07.2014 11:08
Updated 25.07.2014 15:42
Death toll from Israeli attacks in Gaza hits 828

Since July 7, Israel has pummeled the Gaza Strip – from air, land and sea – with the ostensible aim of halting Palestinian rocket fire.

Five Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip on Friday by fresh Israeli airstrikes, bringing the Palestinian death toll from Israel's devastating 19-day onslaught on the coastal enclave to 828.

"Four Palestinians were killed when Israeli planes attacked a group of Palestinians in central Gaza City," Ashraf al-Qodra, spokesman for the Health Ministry in Gaza, told Anadolu Agency.

Al-Qodra also said that a five-year-old child had been shot dead by Israeli snipers in the eastern Gaza Strip's embattled Al-Shujaya district.

The spokesman added that at least 29 Palestinians had so far been killed on Friday in fierce Israeli attacks across the Gaza Strip.

The latest fatalities bring to 828 the total number of Palestinians killed by Israel's onslaught on the besieged coastal territory, which began on July 7.

At least 5300 Gazans have also been injured, meanwhile, most of them critically.

Al-Qodra said Palestinian fatalities included 201 children, 99 women and 52 elderly people.

Since July 7, Israel has pummeled the Gaza Strip-from air, land and sea-with the ostensible aim of halting Palestinian rocket fire.

One week ago, Israel expanded its offensive to include ground operations, sending thousands of troops into the embattled coastal enclave.

Israel's operation "Protective Edge" is the self-proclaimed Jewish state's third major offensive against the densely-populated Gaza Strip, which is home to some 1.8 million Palestinians, within the last six years.

In 2008/09, over 1500 Gazans were killed-the vast majority of them civilians-during Israel's three-week-long "Operation Cast Lead."

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