The Gaza-based Al-Mizan center for Human Rights issued its monthly report on Wednesday.According to the report, the Israeli army has killed 59 Palestinians including 15 children in addition to injuring another 105 in the Gaza strip during the month of April 2008.

With the 59 killed this month, the number of Palestinians in Gaza killed by the Israeli army since the beginning of 2008 now stands at 340, the Al Mizan center reported.

The center also condemned the continued Israeli siege of the Gaza strip, which started in June 2007. The center said this siege represents a policy of collective punishment and is in contravention of international human rights law.