Thursday, May 28, 2015Thursday, May 28, 2015

Israel Gaza campaign kills 27, wounds more than 100

Published on Jul 9, 2014 6:37 AM
A picture taken in the southern Israeli border with Gaza shows smoke billowing after a mortar attack launched from the Gaza Strip set a bush on fire, on July 8, 2014.

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - An Israeli operation against Gaza militants killed 27 people on Tuesday and wounded more than 100, emergency services said, in the deadliest day of violence in the coastal strip since 2012.

Air strikes on Gaza killed 23 people, including an eight-year-old child and two teenagers, and Israeli forces killed four Hamas militants who staged a beachfront assault on an army base just north of the besieged Strip.

In the worst strike, a missile slammed into a house in the southern city of Khan Yunis after people had reportedly formed a human shield to protect it, killing seven people.

Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP two teenagers were among the dead and that at least another 25 people were wounded.

Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!