Child among five killed in renewed Israeli attacks on Gaza

Child among five killed in renewed Israeli attacks on Gaza

Updated 7:00 pm (GMT+3): Israeli shelling killed a 10-year-old boy at a mosque and four others in separate attacks Friday, medics said, in the first deaths since fighting renewed following the expiration of a three-day truce.

Health ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra said the boy, Ibrahim al-Dawawisa, was killed at the Nour al-Mohammedi mosque in the Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in northern Gaza Friday morning.

Six others were injured in that attack, as Israeli occupation forces bombed dozens of sites across the besieged strip.

In the latest death Friday, one man was killed and six wounded by Israeli shelling east of the southern city of Khan Younis.

Before that 22 year-old Ahmed Naim Awkel was killed, Qudra said, without specifying where.

Two more Palestinians were killed in other attacks, he added.

At least 31 others were also wounded throughout the day, including a 12-year-old girl east of Gaza City.

Palestinians renewed rocket fire from the besieged strip after the 72-hour truce ended at 8:00 am Friday, in which Israel said two people were injured.

The latest killings bring to 1,896 the number of Palestinians killed over 32 days of Israel’s terror campaign against Gaza. Another 9,805 have been injured.

According to UN figures, at least 1,354 Palestinian civilians were killed in the fighting since July 8, including 447 children.

The interior ministry and witnesses said warplanes on Friday also struck targets in Jabalia in the north, Gaza City and in the center of the Palestinian enclave.

Witnesses also reported artillery shelling east and north of Gaza City.

The Israeli occupation army said Palestinian fighters fired 33 rockets from Gaza, wounding a civilian and a soldier in the south.

Hamas has not claimed responsibility for any of Friday’s rocket attacks. Claims instead came from rival armed factions including Islamic Jihad and the Popular Resistance Committees.

In Gaza, some families who had returned home during the truce trickled back to shelter at UN-run schools.

At one school in Al-Tuffah in Gaza City, hundreds of refugees were seen living in classrooms.

“Of course we’re all scared, I’m scared, my children are scared, my wife is scared,” Abdullah Abdullah, 33, told AFP at the school.

“I’m afraid because the schools were targeted, because young people died, women and children,” he said, referring to seven UN schools that were hit before the truce.

Palestinians: No truce until siege lifted

In their refusal to surrender, Hamas and other Palestinian factions have made clear they were ready to fight on to end a the eight year siege of Gaza that both Israel and neighboring Egypt have imposed on the impoverished enclave.

Israel had earlier said it was ready to agree to an extension as Egyptian go-betweens pursued negotiations with Israeli and Palestinian delegates.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Israel had rejected most Palestinian demands. “However, we did not close the door and will continue with the negotiations,” he said.

The Palestinians had wanted Israel to agree in principle to demands which include lifting the blockade on the Gaza Strip, the release of prisoners and the opening of a sea port, but this had been rebuffed, Abu Zuhri said.

The regime in Cairo, which backs Israel, called on both sides “to return immediately to the ceasefire commitment and exploit the opportunity available to resume negotiations on the very limited sticking points that remain in the fastest possible time,” according to a foreign ministry statement.

Palestinians’ determination to keep fighting could further alienate Egypt, whose government is hostile to the 1.8 residents of Gaza in general, and Hamas in particular and which ultimately controls the strip’s main gateway to the world, the Rafah border crossing.

The announcement that the truce would not be extended came a few minutes after it expired at 0500 GMT following lengthy talks that continued in Cairo through the night.

Palestinian negotiators from factions including Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah left their hotel for talks with Egyptian intelligence at 9:30 pm on Thursday, returning more than six and a half hours later looking subdued and saying no deal had yet been reached.

Palestinian officials paced the lobby, speaking on their phones and holding meetings, trying to reach a final decision as the deadline approached. A source at Cairo airport said the Israeli delegation left shortly before the truce expired


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