Gaza toll hits 1 374

Gaza City - At least 10 people were killed in Israeli strikes on central and southern Gaza on Thursday, bringing the Palestinian death toll to 1 374 on day 24 of the conflict.

Another three people, including a local journalist, died of injuries sustained in earlier attacks, emergency services spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra said.

Six people were killed in two separate raids on the southern city of Khan Yunis, including a woman, while two more people died in a strike on Deir al-Balah in central Gaza.

Another two people, including a woman, were killed in two separate incidents in the southern city of Rafah.

In a separate incident, 15 Palestinians sheltering in a UN school in Jabaliya refugee camp in the north were injured in an air strike on a neighbouring mosque. Two were in a serious condition.

The raid came a day after two tank shells slammed into the school, killing 16 people in an attack denounced as "reprehensible" by UN chief Ban Ki-moon.

So far, 1 374 people have been killed and more than 7 700 wounded since the start of the Israeli offensive, which began with an intensive air campaign on 8 July and expanded when Israel sent ground troops into the Gaza periphery on 17 July.

Figures released at 12:00 on Wednesday by the UN humanitarian agency OCHA give a figure of 1 263 dead, saying 852 of them or two-thirds were civilians. Among the dead were 249 children and 135 women.

OCHA also said 245 000 Palestinians had been internally displaced by the fighting, with the UN agency for refugees giving shelter to almost 220 000 of them in 86 of its facilities. The rest were staying with relatives or friends.

56 Israeli soldiers have died in the fighting, and cross-border rocket fire has killed two Israeli civilians and a Thai migrant worker inside Israel.

Will Homeby 2014-07-31 02:53:39 PM
Absolutely shocking. To think that some in SA condone this type of savagery
Eddie 2014-07-31 03:04:55 PM
What is the average number of people that die in South Africa from murder and road accidents in a period of 24 days? I'm seriously asking, because I suspect that it is higher than this war. This has a world in uproar, here its day to day living.
Mashooda Dhorat 2014-07-31 03:14:11 PM
after i see this deliberate, intentional and inhuman behaviour of the israeli people, their children standing on the border and cheering ever bomb and missile which has probably killed many innocent woman and children, other children writing messages of hate on the missiles, I finally get Hitler. I despised Hitler for his brutality but I am now beginning to feel that I should forgive him. and even now try to get and read a copy of Mein Kampf.
David Van Schalkwyk 2014-07-31 03:21:24 PM
Do they have stats on how many are innocent and how many are Hamas
Avi Stein 2014-07-31 03:26:09 PM
From the massacre of Arab villagers by Israel’s new army in 1948, as it is set down by Israeli historians, to the Sabra and Shatila massacre, when Lebanese Christian allies of Israel murdered up to 1,700 people in 1982 while Israeli troops watched; from the Qana massacre of Lebanese Arabs at the UN base – yes, the UN again – in 1996, to another, smaller terrible killing at Qana (again) 10 years later. And so to the mass killing of civilians in the 2008-9 Gaza war. And after Sabra and Shatila, there were inquiries, and after Qana there was an inquiry and after Gaza in 2008-9, there was an inquiry. Don’t we remember the weight of it, somewhat lightened of course when Judge Goldstone did his best to disown it, when – according to my Israeli friends – he came under intense personal pressure? In other words, we have been here before. The claim that only “terrorists” are to blame for those whom Hamas kills and only “terrorists” are to blame for those whom Israel kills (Hamas “terrorists”, of course). And the constant claim, repeated over and over and over, that Israel has the highest standards of any army in the world and would never hurt civilians. I recall here the 17,500 dead of Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, most of whom were civilians. Have we forgotten all this?
Avi Stein 2014-07-31 03:26:17 PM
From the massacre of Arab villagers by Israel’s new army in 1948, as it is set down by Israeli historians, to the Sabra and Shatila massacre, when Lebanese Christian allies of Israel murdered up to 1,700 people in 1982 while Israeli troops watched; from the Qana massacre of Lebanese Arabs at the UN base – yes, the UN again – in 1996, to another, smaller terrible killing at Qana (again) 10 years later. And so to the mass killing of civilians in the 2008-9 Gaza war. And after Sabra and Shatila, there were inquiries, and after Qana there was an inquiry and after Gaza in 2008-9, there was an inquiry. Don’t we remember the weight of it, somewhat lightened of course when Judge Goldstone did his best to disown it, when – according to my Israeli friends – he came under intense personal pressure? In other words, we have been here before. The claim that only “terrorists” are to blame for those whom Hamas kills and only “terrorists” are to blame for those whom Israel kills (Hamas “terrorists”, of course). And the constant claim, repeated over and over and over, that Israel has the highest standards of any army in the world and would never hurt civilians. I recall here the 17,500 dead of Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon, most of whom were civilians. Have we forgotten all this?
Jojo Balela 2014-07-31 04:01:16 PM
Israel has the right to kill children... children are irritating and sponge off their parents and they moan and cry ... Israel should go ahead and kill all the children in the world because no one else has the guts to do it
Candza 2014-07-31 06:49:54 PM
Lol
Mashooda Dhorat 2014-07-31 09:35:47 PM
bedtime, AsSalaamualaykum to all