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Israeli fire brings Gaza deaths to 808: medics

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories - Israeli fire in Gaza on Friday killed a pregnant woman and a senior Islamic Jihad propagandist, taking the Palestinian death toll to 808, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

He said an air strike on a house in the central Gaza town of Deir al-Balah killed a woman of 26 and another aged 23 who was pregnant, as Israel pressed on with its 18-day campaign to stamp out Gaza rocket fire.

The baby was saved, he said.

Another strike killed a senior propagandist for Islamic Jihad, Salah Hasanein, and his 12- and 15-year-old sons in the southern city of Rafah, Qudra said.

Islamic Jihad confirmed the death, describing Hasanein as a "war media official".

Two other people wounded earlier in shelling of the southern city of Khan Yunis, died of their injuries, Qudra said, bringing the total number of Gazans killed in the Israeli campaign to 808.

He said nearly 100 Palestinians were killed on Thursday, one of the bloodiest days of the conflict.

Projectiles fired into Israel have killed three civilians -- two Israelis and a Thai migrant worker -- and fighting in and around Gaza has killed 32 Israeli soldiers.

It is the bloodiest conflict in the besieged Palestinian territory since Israel’s 2009 military operation there.

AFP


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