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Bloody mayhem at Gaza market as Israel observes 'lull'

Published on Jul 31, 2014 7:29 AM
 

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - At least 17 people were killed in an Israeli strike on a packed Gaza market on Wednesday in a raid that came as Israel observed a four-hour humanitarian lull in some sectors.

Thick black smoke billowed over the site in the war-torn Shejaiya neighbourhood as at least five ambulances raced to the scene where bodies lay strewn on the ground, an AFP correspondent said.

At least 17 people were killed and 200 wounded in the strike, medics said, on a day that saw at least 110 people killed and the death toll from 23 days of unrelenting Israeli attacks soar to 1,360.

Hamas said later it fired rockets at Tel Aviv and the southern port city of Ashkelon "in response to the Jabalia and Shejaiya massacres", referring to the market and the earlier fatal shelling of a UN school in the north of the strip.

A Palestinian man battles a building on fire following several Israeli strikes on Gaza City on July 30, 2014. At least 17 people were killed in an Israeli strike on a packed Gaza market on Wednesday in a raid that came as Israel observed a four-hour humanitarian lull in some sectors. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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