Child killed in Gaza strike

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IOL pic aug1 MIDEAST-GAZA-CEASEFIRE-ISRAEL_0801_11 Reuters A Palestinian woman reacts after seeing her destroyed house in Beit Hanoun, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes in the northern Gaza Strip. Picture: Suhaib Salem

Jerusalem - An Israeli air strike killed a 10-year-old child in Gaza City on Friday, the first death reported since a 72-hour truce expired at 05h00 GMT, Palestinian medics said.

“A 10-year-old was killed in an Israeli air strike on a mosque in Sheikh Radwan,” a northern Gaza City neighbourhood, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.

Qudra noted that another six people, one of them a woman, were wounded in the same attack.

Israel announced earlier it had targeted “terror sites” in the Gaza Strip in response to a barrage of Palestinian rockets fired towards its territory shortly after the ceasefire ended.

A statement from the Israeli army said a civilian was moderately wounded and a soldier lightly wounded by a rocket that hit southern Israel.

Since 05h00 GMT, 26 rockets fired from Gaza had hit Israel, with another three intercepted by the Iron Dome defence system and another four falling short in the Strip, the army said.

The four-week Gaza conflict has killed at least 1 890 Palestinians, and 67 people have died on the Israeli side, almost all soldiers. - AFP

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