New Israeli airstrike kills 2 in Gaza, death toll rises to 25

March 13, 2012 8:49 am 

GAZA, March 13 — Two Palestinians were killed and one injured in a fresh Israeli airstrike on eastern Gaza City, as fightings between Israel and Gaza militants enter the fourth day, medical sources and witnesses said.

The sources said two Palestinians, Bassam al-Ejlla and Mohamed Daher, were killed and another one was wounded in al-Nazaz Street in Gaza's Sheja'eya neighborhood.

The newly killed put Monday's death toll from the airstrikes to seven Palestinians, including a schoolboy, a 65-year-old father and his 30-year-old daughter, in addition to the 18 Palestinians killed by earlier airstrikes since Friday.

Also, more than 70 were left wounded in the past four days.

The escalation of conflicts broke out when an Israeli war jet struck a car in southern Gaza city on Friday afternoon and killed the general command of the pro-Hamas Popular Resistance Committees (PRC).

Militant groups, mainly the PRC and the Islamic Jihad, fired more than 180 rockets from the coastal enclave into southern Israel, which in turn carried out 37 airstrikes on various targets to prevent the militants.

Around 18 people in Israel were injured, including some Thai workers.

The ongoing exchange of fire is the longest and the most serious since the last large-scale Israeli operation "Cast Lead," which left more than 1,400 Palestinians and 11 Israelis killed. The violence took place despite a fragile truce, brokered by Egypt, is in force between the two sides. (PNA/Xinhua) RSV/mmg


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