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Israel fire takes Gaza deaths above 800

25 July 2014, 08:38

Gaza City - Israeli fire killed four people in Gaza on Friday, including a pregnant woman, bringing the total death toll to more than 800, Palestinian emergency services spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra said.

He said that an air strike on a house in the southern Gaza town of Deir-el-Balah killed a woman of 26 and another aged 23 who was pregnant, as Israel pressed on with its 18-day campaign to stamp out Gaza rocket fire.

The baby was saved, he said.

Two other people wounded earlier in shelling of the southern city of Khan Yunis, died of their injuries, he said, bringing the total number of Gazans killed in the Israeli campaign to 804.

Nearly 100 Palestinians were killed on Thursday, according to Qudra, one of the bloodiest days of the conflict.

Projectiles fired into Israel have killed three civilians - two Israelis and a Thai migrant worker - and fighting in and around Gaza has killed 32 Israeli soldiers.

It is the bloodiest conflict in the besieged Palestinian territory since a 2009 military operation there.

NGOs put the Palestinian civilian toll at around 80% of total casualties, including a large number of women and children.



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