Toll in Gaza hits 314 on day 12 of war

Five bodies were pulled from a home hit by an Israeli air strike on southern Gaza on Saturday, raising the toll in 12 days of violence to 314, medics said.

AFP| Last Updated: Jul 19, 2014, 13:06 PM IST

Gaza City: Five bodies were pulled from a home hit by an Israeli air strike on southern Gaza on Saturday, raising the toll in 12 days of violence to 314, medics said.

The bodies were retrieved from Khan Yunis, where a sixth body was also found, and a seventh person died of wounds sustained on Friday, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

The discoveries came after the deaths of seven people outside a mosque in the southern city of Khan Yunis, Qudra said, adding that three of the dead were from the same family.

One woman was among those killed, Qudra said.

Three more people were killed shortly afterwards, in three separate strikes in Beit Hanun in the north, Deir al-Balah in central Gaza, and another in Khan Yunis.
In Khan Yunis, a later strike on a home killed Raed al-Laqan, 28.

The deaths took to 314 the toll from an Israeli operation to stamp out rocket fire from Gaza, many of them women and children.

One Israeli civilian and one Israeli soldier have been killed since the campaign started on July 8, and several wounded.

Some 2,270 Palestinians have been wounded, Qudra said.

Operation Protective Edge is the bloodiest conflict in the besieged coastal enclave since 2009.
Israel launched a ground offensive late Thursday, starting a new phase in the operation which it said aimed partly to destroy tunnels used by the territory`s dominant power, Islamist movement Hamas.