19 Palestinians mostly children, killed prior to ceasefire


GAZA, (PIC)– Nineteen Palestinians were killed at dawn Saturday when Israeli warplanes bombed al-Najar family’s home in Khan Younis southern Gaza Strip.

Israeli artillery intensively fired shells at a residential building, belonging to al-Najar family, in Khan Younis. Nineteen family members, mostly children, were killed during the attack, medical sources confirmed.

Meanwhile, Israeli warplanes targeted a home in Gaza City belonging to Sheikh Abdul Aziz Alkajak, a leader in Hamas movement. Two citizens were killed during the airstrike while 15 others were injured.

On the other hand, Israeli airstrikes continued to target Palestinian health institutions most recently was Beit Hanun hospital for the second time within a week.

Local sources said that significant damage was caused, while dozens of injuries were reported among the patients. More than 60 patients and doctors are still trapped in the hospital, the sources added.

A foreign journalist was seriously injured during the attack on Beit Hanun hospital.

Palestinian health ministry earlier revealed that 25 health institutions were totally or partially destroyed during Israeli airstrikes.

Along the same line, the Palestinian medic Mohamed al-Abadleh, 32, was killed by Israeli gunfire in Qarara town east of Khan Younis, raising the number of medics killed since Israeli aggression on Gaza to seven.

Mohamed was shot dead by Israeli gunfire while trying to save an injured person. He bled to death as ambulance crews were blocked from reaching him.

A spokesman for Health Ministry said that seven medics were killed while 16 others were injured by Israeli gunfire since the Israeli aggression on Gaza started almost three weeks ago.

More than twenty Palestinians were killed in Gaza few hours before the 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire went into effect, bringing Gaza death toll to 900 martyrs since the start of the Israeli aggression 20 days ago.




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