Child killed, 30 hurt as Israel strikes Gaza during lull

Gaza City - A child was killed and 30 people wounded in an Israeli air strike on a refugee camp in Gaza City on Monday just minutes into an Israeli-declared truce, medics said.

The strike hit a house in the beachfront Shati refugee camp, killing an eight-year-old girl, emergency services spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.

Witnesses and several AFP correspondents reported hearing the whistle of a missile fired from an F16 warplane before it crashed into a house wedged between two tall buildings inside the camp.

An AFP correspondent said the strike hit at 0706 GMT - i.e. six minutes into the lull.

The Israeli army said it was looking into the incident, but gave no further comment.

With only a narrow alley leading to the house, it was not possible to get rescue equipment to the scene, with a long line of people passing out chunks of rubble by hand, an AFP correspondent said.

The strike caused the house to pancake, leaving only a very narrow gap for rescuers to get inside, some of whom were bloodying themselves in the effort, he said.

From within, they managed to pull the body of a young girl wearing pyjamas whose spine appeared to be broken in several places, with rescuers struggling to get her onto a stretcher, he said.

Earlier on Monday, the Israeli army announced a unilateral seven-hour lull, to begin at 0700 GMT.

Hamas said it would not be observing the truce, and warned people to exercise extreme caution when venturing out onto the streets after earlier temporary ceasefire arrangements collapsed into a frenzy of bloodshed.

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Victor Tarica 2014-08-04 02:35:44 PM
"Hamas warned people to exercise extreme caution" That's a bit late after firing over 2000 rockets at Israel!
Matt Rae 2014-08-04 02:39:04 PM
Why is news24 pro Palestine????????
CockEye Soupie 2014-08-04 03:12:29 PM
Also late after Israel has fired over 4000 missiles and rockets i9n this war alone notwithstanding ethnic cleansing since the 1930s
Pat Riot 2014-08-04 03:19:25 PM
The comments just show how blinded we are by race & religion....
James Uknow 2014-08-04 03:24:26 PM
Netanyahu the anti christ ,how can Israel justify what they doing ,seeing how people support the actions of Israel is disgusting ,Martin keeps bringing up Syria as justification ,so should people now start killing jews in other countries as justification for what Israel is doing ,yes I said that
Rashied Majiet 2014-08-04 03:46:48 PM
Please, would people do real research on this conflict before they just repeat the rhetoric of the Western Media. Everybody has the right to defend themselves (include the Palestinians). This genocide started in 1948 with the systematic and forceful expulsion of the Palestinians from their own land, so NOTHING is legitimate of what Israel claims!! And it does not mean the UN sanctioned made it legitimate. ANY kind of oppression will result in revolt and no oppressor has remained in power forever. D read the Orthodox Torah too, to know the reality of Jews on Zionism. after this you can hen respond to me, until then.
The General 2014-08-04 03:50:50 PM
Hi Ronald i am not certain which code of conduct Britain upholds in any war they have participated in, but if memory serves me correctly when Britain and the U.S.A. conducted a war against Iraq, thousands of civilians were killed in that war.The same can be said when Britain as part of NATO conducted a war against Serbia in the 1990s. I am not condoning any civilian deaths but lets be equally outraged at all civilian deaths in all countries. as for Hamas, besides sending missiles into Israel at will, they merge with the civilian population when conducting operations against Israel including using schools mosques UN facilities etc for launching pads, storage facilities etc. So they conduct an uncivilized barbaric war and Israel gets condemned.
Mashooda Dhorat 2014-08-04 04:14:12 PM
16 Howbeit of the cities of these peoples, that the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth, ?? ????-??????? ???????????, ???????? ??????????? ???????????? ?????????????, ????????, ????????????--????????? ???????, ?????? ?????????. 16 Howbeit of the cities of these peoples, that the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth, ?? ????-??????? ???????????, ???????? ??????????? ???????????? ?????????????, ????????, ????????????--????????? ???????, ?????? ?????????. 17 but thou shalt utterly destroy them: the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee;17 but thou shalt utterly destroy them: the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; The Jews have been on a killing spree for centuries Taking land tag God so called promised to them
Mashooda Dhorat 2014-08-04 04:16:05 PM
And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain. Deuteronomy 2:34 And we utterly destroyed them, ... utterly destroying the men, women, and children, of every city. Deuteronomy 3:6 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them. Deuteronomy 7:2 And thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them. Deuteronomy 7:16 Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword. Deuteronomy 13:15 But of the cities of these people, which the LORD thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth. Deuteronomy 20:16-17 And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword. Joshua 6:21 So smote all the country ... he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded. Joshua 10:40 Thus saith the LORD of hosts ... go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass. 1 Samuel 15:2-3
Mashooda Dhorat 2014-08-04 04:17:24 PM
Thats from martins religion of peace????? now you know why they are killing children