Palestinian child dies of wounds from Israeli attack

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Palestinians inspect a fire at a building on 14 March 2012, after an Israeli air strike on Gaza City. (Photo: AFP - Mohammed Abed)

Published Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A seven-year-old Palestinian boy died on Wednesday of injuries sustained during Israel's weekend assault on the Gaza Strip, medics said, as a truce struggles to take hold after two further Israeli airstrikes.

Gaza emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Selmiya said Baraka al-Mughrabi died from severe injuries sustained during an Israeli bombing raid on Gaza City on Saturday.

The boy's death, which raised to 26 the number of Palestinians killed in four days of bloodshed, came 24 hours after Israel and Islamic Jihad agreed to observe an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire deal in a bid to end the confrontation.

The truce came into effect early on Tuesday, and although there were no major incidents, it appeared less than watertight, with two Israeli raids overnight.

Palestinian security sources confirmed only one raid, saying it struck a wood yard in northern Gaza City, setting the structure alight but without causing injuries.

But a statement by the Israeli army said it had targeted "two terror activity sites in the northern Gaza Strip."

Israel routinely carries out unprovoked air raids on the Gaza Strip, and has intensified its campaign in recent months, testing Hamas' vow to maintain restraint.

Hamas abstained from the latest round of fighting, and has remained relatively silent while Israel pounded its self-declared enclave throughout the weekend.

(Al-Akhbar, AFP)

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