Israeli airstrike on Gaza city kills 11, including 4 children: Medics

Israeli airstrike on Gaza city kills 11, including 4 children: Medics
# 21 July 2014 19:05 (UTC +04:00)

Bku-APA. A new Israeli airstrike on a building in the center of Gaza city on Monday afternoon killed 11 Palestinians, including four children, medics and witnesses said, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Ashraf al-Qedra, Gaza health ministry spokesman, told reporters that Israeli war jets struck a house in Remal neighborhood in Gaza city center which killed eight residents, including four children.

Three more civilians were killed in an Israeli tank shelling on a house in Sheja'eya neighborhood in eastern Gaza city, al-Qedra said, adding that the 11 bodies in the two attacks were brought to Shifa Hospital.

Earlier on Monday, al-Qedra told reporters that Israeli tanks fired artillery shells on al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Ballah, leaving four killed and 50 wounded, most of whom are paramedics, nurses and civilians.

Al-Qedra also said that three Palestinians were killed after artillery shelling on Shaja'eya neighborhood on Monday afternoon, and five Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike on an apartment in northwest Gaza city.

Hamas armed wing al-Qassam brigades said in separate text messages that gun battles on the ground continued in northern, eastern and central Gaza Strip, with more rockets firing into Israel.

Ten of its militants were killed in a fierce gun battle in east of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun "after heavy strikes and losses caused to the enemy," the group said.

The Health Ministry said in an emailed press statement that the death toll grows to 540 and more than 3,200 injured since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on Gaza in July 8.

The Palestinian Ministry of Houses said that more than 500 residential houses were destroyed during the ongoing Israeli war on the coastal enclave.