hit 29 after Palestinian civil defense rescue teams pulled ten
bodies out of the debris of a home in Khan Younis in the
southern Gaza Strip as Israeli forces continued their military
offensive against the Gaza Strip by air, sea, and land for the
The killings follow the deadliest day in the conflict so far,
after Israel killed at least 63 Palestinians and injured more
than 400 on the first day of their ground invasion of the
besieged coastal enclave.
Palestinian medical sources say a Palestinian man was killed
and several others were injured in an Israeli airstrike on a
car in al-Qarara village in Khan Younis mid-day Saturday.
Earlier, Muhammad Atallah Audah Saadat, 25, was killed
and seven others were injured by Israeli raids on Beit
Three Palestinians from the same family were also killed in
an Israeli attack in Beit Hanoun.
Spokesman for the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza
Ashraf al-Qidra said on Saturday morning that Israeli forces
had "committed a massacre against Palestinian civilians" in
the Khan Younis district in the southern Gaza Strip
overnight, killing eight.
He identified the victims as 20-year-old Yahya Bassam al-
Serri, Muhammad Bassam al-Serri, 17, Mahmoud Ridha
Salihiyya, 56, Mustafa Ridha Salihiyya, 21, Wasim Ridha
Salihiyya, 15, Muhammad Mustafa Salihiyya, 22, Ibrahim
Jamal Kamal Nasr, 13, and Khalid Nasr.
Twenty people were injured in the same attack including
some seriously injured.
On Saturday morning, Israeli forces bombed two houses,
killing a child named Muhammad Ziad al-Ruhhal and injuring
Muhammad Abu Zaanouna, meanwhile, was killed during a
strike on Abraj al-Mukhabarat in Gaza City, which also
injured five others.
Al-Qidra also said that 27-year-old Raed Walid Laqan was
killed in Khan Younis by an Israeli attack on a home
belonging to the Tartouri family.
Shortly after that, medical sources announced the death of
Khalid al-Qarra of wounds he sustained earlier on Saturday.
Israeli forces also killed 26-year-old Iyad Ismail al-Ruqab in
the Bani Suheila village in the Khan Younis district.
Amjad Salim Shaath, 15 succumbed to wounds he sustained
in Moraj neighborhood in Khan Younis. Two of his brothers,
Ahmad and Muhammad, were killed in the same Israeli
In addition, 30-year-old Said Ali Issa was killed in Juhor
Addik neighborhood in the central Gaza Strip near al-Bureij
34-year-old Ahmad Mahmoud Hasan Aziz was killed by an
Israeli missile on his home in Abraj al-Nada in the northern
Gaza Strip overnight as well.
Saturday morning's deaths bring the total death toll of 12
days of Israeli military offensive in Gaza to 314 in addition
to 2268 injuries, according to al-Qidra.
The spokesman highlighted that Friday was the deadliest
day of Israel's military aggression on Gaza with 52
Palestinians killed as of midnight.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed that at least 71
children, 25 women and 17 elderly people have been killed
in Israel's assault on Gaza as of Friday night.
Israel launched its assault on the Gaza Strip -- which it has
dubbed "Operation Protective Edge" -- in response to rocket
fire from the area, which had increased in the weeks before
the operation due to a massive Israeli military operation in
the West Bank.
10 Palestinians died, more than 130 were injured, and more
than 600 Hamas-affiliated individuals were arrested during
that operation, which was launched following the
disappearance of three Israeli youths in June.
Israel accused Hamas of being behind the disappearance,
and in addition to the assault on the West Bank launched
nightly airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, which has been under a
full economic blockade for the last seven years.
Hamas, however, denied the charges, and many have
accused Israel of using the subsequent deaths of the three
Israeli teenagers as a pretext for a widespread assault on