Israel's assault on Gaza killed 177

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Published Friday, December 21, 2012

Israel killed 177 Palestinians, mostly civilians, during its eight-day assault in November, medical sources on both sides said in an updated count.

Retaliatory rocket fire from Gaza killed six Israelis – four civilians and two soldiers.

A previous toll at the end of November stood at 174 Palestinian fatalities, but three more people have died of their wounds during December, according to medical sources in Gaza.

The latest death occurred Wednesday when 19-year-old Ahmad bin Saed succumbed to his wounds caused by shrapnel from an Israeli airstrike on November 17 that also killed his father. The teen was being treated in an Egyptian hospital.

Israel meanwhile on Friday shot and injured five Palestinians in Gaza, which remains under a paralyzing sea, air and land blockade.

A health ministry spokesman told Ma’an news agency that the five Palestinians were hospitalized after soldiers shot them near the border.

Israeli soldiers have continued to fire into Gaza, injuring and killing a number of Palestinians since a November 21 truce ended the eight-day aerial bombardment.

Palestinian victims of the war include 14 women and at least 37 children. According to figures supplied by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), at least 105 civilians were killed.

At least 1,300 people were wounded, the Gaza health ministry said.

(Al-Akhbar, AFP)

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