Tensions rise on third day of Gaza crisis

Four Palestinians were killed in a new Israeli strike on Gaza yesterday, the Hamas Health Ministry spokesman said, as multiple new raids struck throughout the territory.

“Three citizens were martyred in a strike in Maghazi camp and their bodies were taken to Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital,” Ashraf al-Qudra said, adding that subsequently a fourth man was killed in the same strike.

The raid, in the central Gaza Strip, targeted a home, he said, and two of those killed were brothers. It was not immediately clear if they were civilians or militants.

The latest deaths raised the toll in violence that began on Wednesday afternoon to 28, with at least 270 people wounded, Palestinian officials said.

They came as fresh air strikes rattled buildings throughout the enclave, with officials reporting strikes in Gaza City, central Khan Yunis and southern Rafah.

Earlier, Hamas Health Minister Mufid al-Mukhalalati warned in a news conference at Gaza City’s Shifa hospital that “there is an acute shortage of medicine and medical supplies’’.

He urged “Arab countries and all parties to support the health sector,” thanking Egypt for the help it has already offered.

Since Israel’s targeted killing of a top Hamas chief on Wednesday afternoon, rockets fired from Gaza have killed three Israelis and injured another 16, police and medics said.

(This article was published on November 17, 2012)
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