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Gaza Death Toll Hits 15 As Rockets Kill 3 Israelis

Nov. 15, 2012 - 09:42AM   |  
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GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories — Two more Gazans died in Israeli air strikes Nov. 15, raising the toll to 15 as militants fired 250 rockets over the border, killing three Israelis, officials said.

Aside from the deaths, around 150 Gazans have been injured in 22 hours of Israeli air strikes, medics said.

Hamas health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said a strike in the northern town of Beit Lahiya killed a 60-year-old man. And the emergency services said a child died of wounds he sustained in a strike on Khan Yunis earlier Nov. 15.

Since Israel’s targeted killing of a top Hamas chief Nov. 14, Gaza rockets have killed three Israelis and injured another 16, police and medics said.

Soon after dawn Nov. 15, an Israeli air strike east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis killed three Palestinians, medical officials said.

The armed wing of Hamas, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said the three men were all members and were hit as they traveled in a motorcycle-taxi.

Later in the day, an air strike hit northern Gaza, where two people were killed and another person was injured, medics said.

It was not immediately clear if they were civilians or militants.

Nov. 15’s rocket strike in Kiryat Malachi “killed ... two males and a female in two apartments in a building which was hit,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

Since the violence erupted when Israel killed a top Hamas militant on Nov. 14, the military has hit “around 225 targets” in Gaza, a spokeswoman said.

In the same period, “at least 138 rockets” hit Israel, while another 81 were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system, she said.

The bloodshed began at around 1400 GMT Nov. 14 when Israel killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jaabari and his bodyguard, sparking a fierce bout of cross-border fighting that continued into the night.

Six more people died during various strikes later Nov. 14, including two children, officials from the Hamas-run health ministry said as Gaza hospitals went on high alert.

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