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Death toll in Gaza hits 343 on Day 12 of Israeli campaign

Published on Jul 20, 2014 8:22 AM
A relative of Palestinians, who medics said were killed overnight by Israeli shelling, grieve at their funeral in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on July 19, 2014.-- PHOTO: REUTERS

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - The Gaza death toll hit 343 on Saturday as Israeli warplanes intensified their bombardment and troops pressed a ground assault on the 12th day of a major confrontation with Hamas.

And the overall Israeli death toll rose to five following violence in which two soldiers and a civilian were killed, the army and police said.

The last incident reported before midnight (5am Singapore time) was a man killed by tank fire in the southern city of Khan Yunis, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

It brought the number of Palestinians killed on Saturday to 47.

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