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Welcome to Palestine Today, a service of the International Middle East Media Center, www.imemc.org, for Thursday July 17th, 2014.
At least 237 Palestinians are killed as Israel continue its military offensive targeting the civilians in the Gaza strip. These stories, and more, coming up, stay tuned.
At least 15 civilians, including 5 children were killed by Israeli aerial bombardment targeting the Gaza strip on Thursday. Seven Palestinians were killed on Thursday afternoon when Israeli airstrikes began again after a five hour pause to allow humanitarian supplies to enter Gaza.
Three children, Fulla Tariq Shuhaibar, 8, Jihad Shuhaibar, 10, his brother Wasim, 9, were killed when Israeli bombs hit their family home in Gaza City on Thursday afternoon.
In Khan Younis, Israeli airstrikes targeted the home of the al-Jbour family, killing Rahaf Khalil al-Jbour, 4. In the meantime Yassin al-Humaidi, 4, died of wounds sustained in an earlier airstrike on a home in Gaza City.
In another attack on Thursday Israeli war planes and tanks bombarded the Al Wafa hospital in Gaza just 10 minutes after phone call from the Israeli military ordered the staff to evacuate all those in the hospital.
On Wednesday an Israeli naval ship fired multiple artillery shells at children on a beach in Gaza City killing four children from Bakir family between the ages of 9 and 11. The attack happened near the beach hotel were forging journalists are staying.
The Israeli bombardment were focused on Thursday at residential areas in Gaza City, Khan Younis in the south and Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza strip, Palestinian sources reported.
The Palestinian health ministry in Gaza announced that the death toll due to the Israeli offensive have now reached 237 with 1770 injured. Israeli started its attacks on the costal enclave last Tuesday.
Earlier on Thursday Israel officials have agreed to temporarily halt the assault on Gaza after UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, called for a humanitarian ceasefire. The UN demanded Hamas and Israel to ceasefire to allow the entry of humanitarian supplies.
From their part Hamas has agreed to a six-hour humanitarian truce to allow humanitarian supplies into Gaza. The ceasefire took effect on Thursday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m local time. However Israeli resumed bombardment just minutes after the clam period was over.
And that’s all for today from the IMEMC News; this was the Thursday July 17th, 2014 news round-up from the Occupied Palestinian Territories. For more news and updates please visit our websiteatwww.imemc.org. Today’s report has been brought to you by George Rishmawi and me Ghassan Bannoura.