Israel strikes kill 7 on day 24 of Gaza conflict

Israel strikes kill 7 on day 24 of Gaza conflict
Palestinian men move the victim of an Israeli military strike on a market place to an ambulance in the Shejaiya neighbourhood near Gaza City

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories - Israeli bombardment of the Gaza Strip early Wednesday killed seven people, medics said, bringing to 1,364 the Palestinian death toll from a bloody 24-day conflict.

A pre-dawn Israeli air strike killed a man in the central town of Deir al-Balah, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

He said two mid-morning strikes killed three more, one in the southern city of Rafah and another two in Deir al-Balah, also men.

A strike in the southern city of Khan Yunis killed another three people, Qudra said.

The strikes followed one of the bloodiest days of Israel's campaign against Gaza militants, with more than 100 people killed in a series of strikes and shellfire across the narrow coastal territory.

In two separate incidents on Wednesday, 16 people were killed when shells hit a UN school used for sheltering displaced Gazans, and 17 people died in shelling of a crowded marketplace.

The conflict, which Israel launched from the air and sea on July 8 and then expanded into a ground offensive on July 17, has killed 1,364 Palestinians, most of them civilians.

Fifty-six Israeli soldiers have died in the fighting, and cross-border rocket fire has killed two Israeli civilians and a Thai migrant worker inside Israel.

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