Palestinian medical sources reported Saturday that a total of eight Palestinians have been killed, and several other residents have been injured, some seriously, in a fresh wave of Israeli military escalation against the coastal region.38 Palestinians have been killed since Israel started its offensive Wednesday, while more than 335 have been injured, the casualties include several infants, children and elderly.
The Israeli Air Force fired several missiles into the Az-Zohour neighborhood, north of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, killing three fighters of the Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement.
Three more fighters were killed earlier when the army bombarded the Al-Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza.
Another resident was killed, and two were wounded when the army bombarded Rafah, and Dir Al-Balah in central Gaza.
Medical sources in Gaza reported that medics located the severely mutilated bodies of Abdul-Hakim Al-Manaâma, Usama Abdul-Jawad, and Ashraf Darwish, who were killed in the Al-Maghazi refugee camp.
The sources added that a fighter, identified as Mokhlis Odwan, was killed and two residents were injured in an Israeli air strike in Tal Al-Sultan neighborhood in Rafah.
Earlier on Saturday at dawn, the army carried out an attack against Khirbit Al-Adas, north of Rafah, wounding four Palestinians, one seriously.
Three more civilians, including a woman and a child, have been injured when the army bombarded a home in Dir Al-Balah.
30 Palestinians, mainly women and children, were injured when the army bombarded a home in Jabalia An-Nizla, in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. Medics and rescue teams managed to remove the civilians from under the rubble.
Three Palestinians were wounded, In Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, when the army fired a missile at a motorcycle driving near the Asdaaâ Media City.
Later on, three residents were injured in a similar attack in Rafah; one of the wounded is a child.
It is worth mentioning that the army also fired four missiles into the Ministerial Building in Gaza, and bombarded the home of Ibrahim Salah, head of the Media Unit at the Ministry of Interior, in Jabalia refugee camp.
Palestinian armed groups continued to fire shells into Israel, and fired on Saturday morning 14 rockets in 15 minutes.
Four more shells were also fired into Sderot and landed in an open area; the Iron Dome system managed to intercept a missile fired into Sderot. Another shell was fired into southern Israel hitting a home.
Shells were also fired in Beny Shimon area, and one missile was fired into Beâer As-Sabeâ (Beersheba), five missiles were fired into the Eshkol regional council, and one into Mirhafim.
An Israeli military sources reported that the army carried out overnight 186 strikes in the Gaza Strip, adding that the army bombarded 830 sites in Gaza since the beginning of the escalation last Wednesday.
The ongoing Israeli military escalation against Gaza led to the death of 38 Palestinians while at least 335 Palestinians have been injured. Children, infants, women and elderly are among the slain and wounded residents.