Israeli air strikes kill 17 in Gaza
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 11, 2012, 13:06
Gaza: A fresh Israeli air raid on Gaza early Sunday killed a 12-year-old, bringing the death toll from strikes since Friday to 17 and dashing Hamas hopes of restoring a tacit truce.

The killing of the leader of the ultra-hardline Popular Resistance Committees and a slew of other militants in Israeli raids on Friday unleashed a spiral of tit-for-tat violence on the Israel-Gaza border that has made for the highest death toll in more than three years.

The European Union and the United States urged both sides to restore calm but Palestinian militants vowed to avenge their dead and Israel threatened to hit back if its citizens came under renewed rocket attacks from the coastal enclave.

Militants have fired some 100 rockets into the Jewish state since Friday.

"An Israeli air raid east of the Jabaliya refugee camp killed a 12-year-old and wounded another Palestinian," a Palestinian medic told AFP after the latest strike.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment.

Medics said three Palestinians were killed in air strikes on Saturday -- one near the southern town of Rafah on the border with Egypt and two in Khan Yunis. One more was killed early Sunday in a fresh strike on the east of the Gaza Strip.

Today's deaths brought to 17 the total number of Palestinians killed since Friday, medics said, adding that at least 28 Palestinians had been wounded, five seriously.

The Israeli army said more than 100 rockets and mortar rounds had been fired into Israel from Gaza over 24 hours.

Four people, three of them Thai labourers, had been wounded inside Israel, media and Israeli medics said.


First Published: Sunday, March 11, 2012, 10:27

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