|[ 23/07/2014 - 11:16 AM ]|
GAZA, (PIC)-- Israeli warplanes continued targeting civilian communities in Gaza Strip for the 16th consecutive day killing 75 Palestinians, mostly children and women, on Tuesday.
The Gaza death toll reached 632 martyrs in addition to 3752 injured, according to the Health Ministry statistics.
Spokesman for the Health Ministry Ashraf Qudra confirmed that 75 Palestinians were killed during Israeli airstrikes and artillery shelling on different parts of the besieged Strip on Tuesday.
Israeli airstrikes targeted an apartment in Rimal neighborhood east of Gaza City and a number of civilian targets in Khan Younis, south of the enclave.
At least one Palestinian was killed and others were injured when Israeli warplanes targeted two motorcycles in Khan Younis. An elderly man died of injuries he sustained during shelling in Rafah.
Five Palestinians were also killed during Israeli airstrikes on Palestinian homes in Gaza City; two medics were also injured during the attack.
Four members of Hajaj family were killed after bombing their home in Gaza City, while five others were killed in two airstrikes on Deir al-Balah.
Yesterday’s victims raised Gaza death toll to 632 including 162 children and 78 women in addition to 3752 injured people.
The total number of totally destroyed houses since the beginning of Israeli attacks hit 694 houses; while 14,500 others were partially destroyed, according to the Housing Ministry.
The number of Palestinians killed after 16 days of Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip had risen to 649 while the number of those wounded had reached 4040.
The Israeli occupation forces launched “Operation Protective Edge” on Gaza Strip since July 7 that started with waves of brutal air strikes, and culminated in a ground offensive last Thursday.
Dozens of houses were destroyed in the raids, some of which with civilians inside, that led to the murder of civilians, mostly women and children.
Palestinian resistance factions, for their part, retaliated to the aggression with firing rockets at Israeli targets in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Dimona.
Hamas's armed wing the Qassam Brigades declared responsibility for firing a missile on Tuesday at an Israeli fighter jet flying over the Gaza Strip.
In its brief statement issued at dawn Wednesday, the Qassam Brigades said that its air defense unit managed to target and hit on Tuesday evening an Israeli F16 fighter jet while carrying out an airstrike on Palestinian civilian homes in Deir al-Balah.
According to Palestinian sources, the fighter jet was seen burned after being directly targeted by a surface-to-air missile. The Israeli jet was forced to make an emergency landing at a military airport east of Deir al-Balah.
Israeli media sources had earlier admitted the killing of 30 Israeli soldiers, while Palestinian resistance said that Israeli casualties are far greater than declared. The Israeli army did neither confirm nor deny the attack on its fighter jet.