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Women, children killed in Gaza as death toll rises

Israeli strikes on Gaza have targeted residential homes, killing numerous women and children.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — At the time of this writing, July 9, the Ministry of Health has told Al-Monitor that 76 Palestinians have been killed and more than 520 wounded since Israel began its latest offensive against the Gaza Strip. On July 8, Israeli airstrikes targeted an inhabited house, a civilian car and empty plots of land.

Events had escalated sharply, when Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, on the evening of July 7, following the burial of six of its members, launched volleys of rockets into Israeli cities and towns bordering the Gaza Strip for the first time since the eight-day war in November 2012.

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