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Israel shell fire brings Gaza deaths above 800: medics

Gaza City: Israeli shell fire on a house in Gaza killed one person today, bringing the total death toll to more than 800 Palestinians after one of the bloodiest days of the conflict.

The tank shell hit a home in the southern city of Khan Yunis, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said, killing at least one man. Nearly 100 Palestinians were killed yesterday, according to figures from emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra, as Israel pressed on with its 18-day campaign to stamp out Gaza rocket fire.


A convoy of Israeli armoured personnel carrier roll towards the Israeli-Gaza border in an army deployment area on July 20. Pic/AFP

Projectiles fired into Israel have killed three civilians - two Israelis and a Thai migrant worker - and fighting in and around Gaza has killed 32 Israeli soldiers. It is the bloodiest conflict in the besieged Palestinian territory since a 2009 military operation there.

NGOs put the Palestinian civilian toll at around 80 percent of total casualties, including a large number of women and children.

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