New Israeli strike pushes Gaza toll to 107

9:36am November 20, 2012
November 20, 2012: A Nine News cameraman has captured the moment a huge explosion rocked Gaza, the latest in the fiery battle between Israel and Hamas.

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories, Nov 19 AFP - A Palestinian family of four have died in an Israeli air raid on Gaza as the death toll passed 100 on the bloodiest day of the six-day campaign with 30 killed, emergency services say.

The latest raids brought the death toll to 107 and came on the heels of an attack on Gaza City's Shuruq tower media centre - the second time the building has been targeted - which killed one person.

Islamic Jihad sources named him as Ramez Harb and said he was a senior commander in its armed wing, the Al-Quds Brigades.

In the latest incident on Monday, a family of four - including two toddlers, one four-years-old and the other 18-months-old - were killed in a strike on a house in the northern Gaza village of Beit Lahiya, medical sources say.

Medics identified the father as Fuad Hijazi, 40, and his wife by her first name, Amna.

Medical sources say a 50-year-old farmer named Abdel Rahman al-Atar have also been found dead in the town.

November 20, 2012: The battle between Israel and Palestinian militants has seen its bloodiest day yet.

Elsewhere, four people died in a bombing of the Nusseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, medics say and another Palestinian was killed east of Nusseirat in a separate strike.

Also during the afternoon, one person was killed and another two wounded when a missile struck a car just north of Gaza City, medics say.

Medics say Ramadan Mahmud, 22, had died of injuries suffered in Maghazi refugee camp in central Gaza on Sunday.

Another three people succumbed to injuries sustained in the violence.

In another attack, a missile hit a motorcycle east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, killing two men and critically wounding a child who was with them, Gaza's ambulance service said.

The two were named as Abdullah Abu Khater, 30, and Mahmud Abu Khater, 32.

An earlier strike on Qarara in the same area killed two farmers, Ibrahim al-Astal and Obama al-Astal, medics said.

In a strike on southern Gaza City, a car was hit, killing one man and injuring another three, officials said, naming the dead man as Mohammed Shamalah, 23.

Three people were killed in a strike on a car in Deir al-Balah in central Gaza, all of them from the same family - Amir Bashir, Tamal Bashir and Salah Bashir.

Early in the day, two women and a child were among four people killed in a strike on Gaza City's eastern Zeitun neighbourhood.

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