Israeli jets bomb Gaza, death toll reaches 100 in 4 days

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Israeli jets bomb Gaza, death toll reaches 100 in 4 days
Gaza/Jerusalem, Jul 11: Israeli jets bombed the Gaza Strip for the fourth day today killing 10 Palestinians as the death toll rose to 100 on a day when the Jewish state was targeted for the first time by rocket attacks from Lebanon since the military offensive began.

Ten Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes today, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said. Five Palestinians were killed and 15 injured in Rafah after the Israeli air force targeted the Ghannam family home. A toddler was also killed in Rafah after being injured by shrapnel from an airstrike while another person was killed in eastern Rafah. In Gaza City, Israeli warplanes targeted a fifth-floor apartment building, killing one.

"Two Palestinians were killed and a third was wounded in an Israeli strike that targeted a car belonging to the Bureij municipality," ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said. He said that 100 Palestinians have been killed and over 600 injured in the Israeli offensive so far.

Over 300 homes have been totally destroyed or severely damaged and around 2,000 Gazans have been made homeless, Palestinian media reported. A rocket fired from Lebanon struck a gas station near Israel's northern border, the Israeli military said.

Lebanon's state-run news agency said two rockets were fired from the country. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the strikes, which prompted Israel to retaliate with artillery fire toward the source of the firing. Israel military spokesman Lt Col Peter Lerner said it was unclear whether the new front was "symbolic or something more substantial." Meanwhile, Hamas has warned airlines that it intends to target Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport with its rockets from Gaza and has told them not to fly there.

"In the light of Israel's ... attacks on the residents of Gaza Strip ... The armed wing of Hamas movement has decided to respond to the Israeli aggression and we warn you against carrying out flights to Ben-Gurion airport, which will be one of our targets today because it also hosts a military air base," the Jerusalem Post quoted Hamas' statement as saying. 

PTI

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