Palestine: Five, including Italian journalist, killed in Gaza


IMEMC News & Agencies: At least five people have been killed and another six seriously injured by an unexploded Israeli missile which blew up in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza, according to witnesses and a spokesman from the Ministry of Health. Near Rafah, now for the second time, the Israeli military has breached the 72-hour truce by firing on Palestinian fishing boats.
The slain men have been identified as:

1. Camille Simon, Italian Journalist, 37.
2. Bilal Mohammad Sultan, 27. (Lieutenant)
3. Taiseer Ali al-Houm, 40. (Engineering Corps)
4. Hazem Abu Morad, 38. (Deputy Head Of The Engineering Corps)
5. Ali Shihda Abu Afsh (Reporter).

Abu ‘Afesh is a Palestinian journalist working for the Doha Center for Media Freedom, and an interpreter. Cameraman, Hatem Mousa, who works for the Associated Press and the Palestinian News & Info Agency (WAFA), has also been injured, WAFA said.

The bodies and the injured have been taken to Kamal Adwan hospital, Ma’an News Agency has reported.

According to witnesses, a police engineering team was trying to defuse an Israeli missile which hit near al-Sheikh Zayid towers previously, but did not explode, claiming that six people in all were killed.

However, a Palestinian woman died at a Jordanian hospital of serious injuries suffered in an earlier Israeli bombardment of Gaza. She has been identified as:

6. Deema Klob, Gaza.

At least 1,957 Palestinians have been killed, and more than 10,200 have been injured, by Israeli missiles and shells since July 8. The casualties include thousands of children, women and elderly, as well as entire families.


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