Friday, July 25

Israel kills 107 people in Gaza Thursday:Total death of Palestinians over 800

Quds Brigades say 4 soldiers killed as Palestinian death toll near 800
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Islamic Jihad's military wing said on 

Thursday that its fighters had killed four Israeli soldiers and 

injured others near Gaza City, as the Palestinian death toll 

for the day passed 100.

"Our fighters have killed three soldiers and injured others in 

a well-planned trap in Shajaiyyeh," the al-Quds Brigades 

said in a statement.

There was a heavy exchange of fire in the area, it added.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said she was looking into the 


Earlier, Hamas' al-Qassam Brigades said its militants had 

killed eight Israeli soldiers.

The Israeli army has so far announced that 31 soldiers have 

been killed by Palestinian fighters.

Meanwhile, 18 more Palestinians died in Israeli strikes on 

the southern Gaza Strip, bringing the death toll for the day 

up to 116, a health ministry spokesman said.

At least 797 Palestinians have been killed and 5,130 have 

been injured since the beginning of the Israeli offensive on 


Kerry in Egypt for ceasefire efforts

Washington's top diplomat John Kerry Thursday pressed 

efforts to end bloodshed in Gaza, reaching out to allies of 

Hamas on the 17th day of fighting.

Kerry -- who is in Egypt, which has drafted a truce proposal 

for the Israel-Hamas conflict -- spoke by phone with the 

foreign ministers of Qatar and Turkey, a US official said.

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal is based in Qatar, while 

Turkey's Islamist-oriented Prime Minister Recep Tayyip 

Erdogan has harshly criticized Israel's assault on Hamas-

ruled Gaza as well as Egypt's role in trying to clinch a 


A US official said Kerry was hoping Qatar and Turkey would 

use their influence to encourage Hamas to accept a 

ceasefire plan, which the Islamist group has so far rejected.

Meshaal vowed late on Wednesday there would be no end 

to the fighting without the lifting of Israel's eight-year 

blockade on Gaza.

A ceasefire supported by Israel, Egypt, and the international 

community failed to take shape on July 15 when Hamas and 

other Gaza factions said they were never consulted about 

the deal.

Hamas has said it refuses to accept any ceasefire that does 

not involve the lifting of the eight-year siege on Gaza.

Latest Palestinian casualties

Five Palestinians died as an Israeli airstrike hit the Maan 

area of Khan Younis, said Ashraf al-Qidra, Gaza's health 

ministry spokesman.

Five more Palestinians in al-Qarara died in another strike.

Four of them were identified as Ashraf al-Najjar, Ahmad al-

Najjar, Mahmoud Abdeen, and Muhammad al-Najjar, al-

Qidra said in a statement.

The fifth is yet to be identified.

Also in al-Qarara, Sana al-Astal, 45, and her 21-year-old son 

Muhammad were killed by Israeli artillery shelling on their 


In Khan Younis, Nibil al-Astal and Ashraf al-Astal were killed 

in a shelling on a group of people near al-Saada hall.

Additionally, nine people were injured in a strike on al-

Ramlawi home in Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern 

Gaza Strip.

AFP contributed to this report.

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