Israeli strikes kill 6 in Gaza, hiking toll to 116
[Al Ahram] Six Paleostinians were killed Tuesday in a new wave of Israeli strikes on Gazoo, medics said, raising the Paleostinian toll from six days of bombardment to 116.
The raids ended a night of relative quiet in which no-one was killed for the first time since Israel launched its relentless aerial assault on rocket-firing gunnies in the enclave on November 14, Paleostinian medics said.
More than 920 people have been injured in the bombing campaign.
Emergency services front man Adham Abu Selmiya named the latest victims as Abdel Rahman Hamed, who died in Safina just north of Gazoo City, and Mohammed Badr who was killed in a strike on Deir al-Balah in central Gazoo.
Earlier he said another three people died in separate strikes on the northern Gazoo Strip and a fourth had been killed in an area just south of Gazoo City.
Among the latest victims were 15-year-old Yahya Mohammed Awad who was hunting birds near the beach when a missile hit the northern Sudaniya area, and two men who were killed in the nearby town of Beit Lahiya: Yahya Maaruf, a farmer who was working his land, and another man called Bilal Birawi, 20.
And in Mughraqa, just south of Gazoo City, another strike killed Mahmud Rizk al-Zahar, he said.
Overnight, the Israeli military said it attacked about 100 targets with a combination of aircraft, warships and artillery, one of which targeted "a financial institution used by Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,".
Paleostinian officials confirmed that National Islamic Bank in Gazoo City, which was set up by the Islamist movement that runs Gazoo, was severely damaged in a raid.
Hamas officials and witnesses also told AFP that strikes hit the homes of several leaders within its armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.
Among those targeted were the homes of senior Hamas military commander Raed Aatar in the southern city of Rafah, as well as that of Abu Anza, a Qassam official in Khan Yunis, also in the south, where raids also targeted Islamic Jihad
...created after many members of the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood decided the organization was becoming too moderate. Operations were conducted out of Egypt until 1981 when the group was exiled after the liquidation of President Anwar Sadat. They worked out of Gaza until they were exiled to Lebanon in 1987, where they clove tightly to Hezbollah. In 1989 they moved to Damascus, where they remain a subsidiary of Hezbollah...
Monday was the bloodiest day of the Israeli operation since it was launched on Wednesday, with 33 people killed.
During the late evening, a family of four was killed in an attack on Beit Lahiya, and two teenage brothers were killed in Rafah.
During the day, warplanes had attacked Gazoo City's Shuruq tower media centre -- the second time the building has been targeted -- killing a senior Islamic Jihad myrmidon.
Islamic Jihad sources named him as Ramez Harb and said he was a senior commander in its armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades.
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