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Israel presses deadly Gaza strikes, rockets hit Israel

Published on Aug 9, 2014 4:55 PM
 
Palestinians look at the remains of a house, which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Aug 9, 2014. Israeli warplanes kept up a punishing campaign of air strikes over Gaza, killing five Palestinians on Saturday, Aug 9, 2014, as militants fired rockets into Israel and ceasefire talks in Cairo stalled. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GAZA CITY (AFP) - Israeli warplanes kept up a punishing campaign of air strikes over Gaza, killing five Palestinians on Saturday as militants fired rockets into Israel and ceasefire talks in Cairo stalled.

The Palestinian interior ministry said Israeli jets launched 21 strikes after midnight, destroying three mosques, one in the Zeitoun area, one in Jabaliya in the north and Nuseirat in the middle of the enclave.

At least two of the mosques were considered close to Hamas.

Gaza emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said two men were killed in a strike that "targeted a motorbike in the Al-Maghazi camp" and that the bodies of three other men were pulled from the rubble "of the Al-Qassam mosque" in the Nuseirat camp.

 
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