Monday, July 21

Israeli Heavy Gaza attacks kill over 50 Palestinians - death toll tops 500

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces continued airstrikes and 

artillery assaults on the Gaza Strip Monday for the 14th day, 

killing multiple members of three extended families as the 

death toll tops 500.

The latest strikes in Gaza City killed five members of the al-

Yaziji family, including Yasmin Nayif al-Yaziji, Mayar Nayif al-

Yaziji, two, Wajdi al-Yaziji, Safinaz al-Yaziji, and Anas al-

Yaziji, five. 

In Khan Younis, Karam Ibrahim Atiyeh Barham, 25, Nidal Ali 

Abu Daqqa, 26, Nidal Jumaa Asi, 43, and Muhammad 

Mahmoud al-Mughrabi, 24, were killed in an airstrike, and 

Mahran Kamil Jundiya, Majdi Mahmoud al-Yaziji, 56, and 

Samih al-Ghalban were killed in eastern Gaza City.

Three others were killed in ongoing fighting in the besieged 

Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City.

Earlier, an Israeli airstrike killed 11 members of the Siyam 

family in Rafah, including an eight-month old baby and two 

other children.

Sumud Nasser Siyam, 26, Muhammad Mahrous Salam 

Siyam, 25, Badir Nabil Mahrous Siyam, 25, Ahmad Ayman 

Mahrous Siyam, 17, Mustafa Nabil Mahrous Siyam, 12, 

Ghayda Nabil Mahrous Siyam, 8, Sherin Muhammad Salam 

Siyam, 32, Dalal Nabil Mahrous Siyam, 8 months, and Kamal 

Mahrous Salamah Siyam, 27, were pulled from the rubble.

In Khan Younis, at least 26 members of the Abu Jami family 

were killed by Israeli shelling, after more bodies were pulled 

from the rubble.

Earlier, medics identified 13 victims as Jawdat Tawfiq 

Ahmad Abu Jami, 24, Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jami, 5, Hayfa 

Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jami, 9, Yasmin Ahmad Salamah Abu 

Jami, 25, Suheila Bassam Abu Jami, Shahinaz Walid 

Muhammad Abu Jami, one-year-old, Rayan Abu Jami, 9, an 

elderly woman Fatima Abu Jami, Rozan Abu Jami, 14, and 

Ahmad Salhoub, 34, a next door neighbor.

Bilal Abu Daqqa and Abdul-Rahman al-Qarra were killed in 

an airstrike on the al-Mughrabi family home east of Khan 

Younis, while the body of Mahmoud al-Nakhala was pulled 

out from underneath rubble in Gaza City.

Two more bodies were pulled form the rubble in the 

Shujaiyeh neighborhood, while one person was killed in al-

Nuseirat, fisherman Raed Bardawil in Rafah, Zakariya 

Masoud al-Ashqar, 24, and Raed Issam Dawood, 33, in 

Zaytoun, and Kamal Talal Hasan al-Masri, 22, in Beit 


Diplomatic push

Gaza's emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said 

many of the more than 150 Palestinians killed on Sunday -- 

the bloodiest day of fighting in Gaza in years -- were 

women and children.

The Security Council held urgent talks on the conflict, 

expressing "serious concern about the growing numbers of 


"The members of the Security Council call for an immediate 

cessation of hostilities," said Rwandan ambassador Eugene 

Richard Gasana, whose country chairs the 15-member 


Late Sunday, the armed wing of Hamas claimed it had 

kidnapped an Israeli soldier, prompting celebrations in the 

streets of Gaza City and West Bank towns.

"The Israeli soldier Shaul Aaron is in the hands of the 

Qassam Brigades," a spokesman using the nom de guerre 

Abu Obeida said in a televised address.

Israel's UN ambassador Ron Prosor denied a soldier had 

been kidnapped, saying: "Those rumors are untrue."

However a spokeswoman for the Israeli military said they 

were investigating the claim.

During the Security Council talks, Palestinian envoy Ryad 

Mansour called for decisive steps to end the violence, and 

voiced frustration with what he termed the world body's 

failure to take a strong stand. 

"The Council failed again and again to shoulder its 

responsibility," Mansour told reporters.

UN chief Ban Ki-moon was also in Doha where he urged 

Israel to "exercise maximum restraint".

"Too many innocent people are dying...(and) living in 

constant fear," he told a news conference in Doha.

So far, ceasefire proposals have been rejected by Hamas 

which has pressed on with its own attacks.

The Doctors Without Borders charity urged Israel to "stop 

bombing civilians trapped in the Gaza Strip", noting the 

majority of the injured arriving in the al-Shifa hospital were 

women and children.

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