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Gaza toll hits 260 on day 11 of Israeli campaign; Israeli soldier killed

Published on Jul 18, 2014 12:42 PM

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - The death toll in Gaza hit at least 258 early on Friday as Israel pressed a ground offensive on the 11th day of a massive operation to stamp out militant rocket fire.

The Israeli army said on Friday one of its soldiers was killed in northern Gaza, becoming the first military casualty since Israel launched a ground offensive in the Palestinian territory.

“There were a number of events during the night,” military spokesman General Moti Almoz told army radio. “The incident in which a soldier was killed, we are checking the circumstances now and when we know them all we shall release the findings.”

Eleven Palestinians were killed in Gaza, Palestinian health officials said. There was no immediate breakdown of how many were combatants.

A Palestinian child shouts at al-Shifa hospital after Israeli forces shelled her house in Gaza City on July 18, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
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