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Israeli military onslaught claims 16 lives more in Gaza

RAMALLAH, July 11 (KUNA) -- At least 16 Palestinians were killed on Friday as the Israeli air attacks and artillery bombardment on several parts of Gaza Strip continued unabated for the fourth day in a row.
The victims include three people, including a five-year old female child, who were killed in an air strike on the central Al-Buraij town.
A boy, three years old, was killed when a shell hit his home in north Gaza Strip, according to local medical sources.
The body of a man, 54, was found under debris of his home in the central Deir Al-Balah town while Anas Abul Kas, a 30-year old doctor was killed when his apartment in Tal Al-Hawa tower, to the east of Gaza City, was hit by three missiles.
Dr. Abul kas's parents were killed in the three-week Israeli military campaign on Gaza, also known as Operation Cast Lead, between December 27, 2008, and January 17, 2009.
Earlier today six Palestinians, including five members of Ghannam family, were killed and dozens of others were injured in an air attack on Beit Lahya town, north Gaza.
Today's casualties took to 105 the death toll and more than 700 the number of wounded people since the start of the onslaught dubbed by Israel as Operation Protective Edge.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a press conference today that his forces hit more than 1,000 targets in Gaza and will continue the attacks until Israel makes sure that its security is protected.
He rebuffed the international pressures to halt the military operations, saying that Israel will continue using force against the Palestinian organizations.
While he was talking to reporters, Palestinian missiles hit Tel Aviv, Beersheba, Nes Ziona, Holon, Sdot Negev, and Bat Yam, Israel Radio reported.
The Israeli Iron Dome anti-missile defense system intercepted two rockets over Beersheba while the other rockets landed in open areas and resulted in no casualties, according to the report. (end) nq.gb