One in four of Gaza Strip population displaced

On the 25th day of Israel’s military campaign, toll rises to 8,900 injured and 1,664 killed

Gaza: At least seven Palestinians died in fresh Israeli strikes across the Gaza Strip last night bringing the number of Palestinians killed to 1,664 as efforts continued to put an end to the conflict. The number of Palestinians killed in Gaza in the Israeli offensive jumped to 1,664 on Saturday, most of them civilians, a health ministry spokesman said.

A Palestinian boy
A Palestinian boy carries a bicycle from a wrecked building, which was hit by an Israeli strike, in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip yesterday. Pic/AFP

More than 8,900 others have been injured in Israel’s military campaign which entered the 25th day. Women, children killed Two-thirds of the dead and wounded were civilians, including women, children and the elderly, said Ashraf al-Qedra, the health ministry spokesman in Gaza.

The latest Palestinian casualties included a family of six, which was killed in an Israeli air strike on their house in the southern Gaza town of Rafah on early Saturday morning, al-Qedra said.

Mosque targetted
A 54-year-old man was killed when Israeli war jets struck a mosque in the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabalia, al-Qedra said. Thirty were injured in the attack. According to Palestinian official data, more than 400,000 Palestinians, or one in four of the total population in Gaza Strip, were displaced in the Israeli military assault.

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