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24 Palestinians killed in fresh Israeli air-raids on Gaza

The Israeli air-raids on Palestinian territories have also damaged dozens of homes in Gaza

Thursday November 14, 2019 0:04 AM, ummid.com with inputs from Agencies

Israeli air-raids on Gaza

Gaza: At least 24 Palestinians were killed and more than 70 left injured in the latest escalation of Israeli aggression on Gaza, health officials said Wednesday. The Israeli air-raids on Palestinian territories have also damaged dozens of homes in Gaza.

Tension between Palestinians and Israelis escalated Monday when Baha Abu Al Ata, a senior commander of Islamic Jihad, and his wife Asmaa died in an Israeli airstrike on their home in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinians responded the brutal murder by launching as many as 190 rockets. The barrage of rockets launched on areas under Israeli control were without any casualties.

However, Israelis responded with indiscriminate air-raids on Gaza which killed more than two dozen Palestinians.

Officials in Gaza said more than 50 air raids and 21 artillery attacks targeted Palestinian homes, agricultural lands, poultry and vegetable farms, as well as positions belonging to the "resistance", Maan News Agency reported.

The enclave's information ministry put the total number of housing units damaged at 48 - some of which were "totally destroyed".

A spokesman for Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, said the "Israeli escalation" must immediately stop, Wafa news agency reported.

Abbas is exerting efforts to stop the escalation, Nabil Abu Rudeineh said in a statement.

He called on the international community to immediately intervene to pressure Israel to stop its "continued aggression", and to respect international law, Wafa added.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the other hand said Israel was prepared to keep bombarding Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza as long as rocket fire continued.

"They have one choice: to stop these attacks or absorb more and more blows. Their choice," Netanyahu said in remarks made during a cabinet meeting.

Meanwhile, Egyptian officials said Nickolay Mladenoy, a United Nations Middle East envoy, arrived in Cairo to lead de-escalation efforts.

The officials cited by news agencies said Mladenoy landed from Tel Aviv and was scheduled to meet Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi.

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