Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 28 February 2015

16 dead following Gaza airstrike

Palestinians comfort each other amid rubble of a building in which more than a dozen family members were killed by an Israeli strike in Rafah, Gaza Strip (AP)
Palestinians comfort each other amid rubble of a building in which more than a dozen family members were killed by an Israeli strike in Rafah, Gaza Strip (AP)

At least 16 people have been killed and more than 150 injured by an Israeli airstrike in a crowded shopping area.

The strike came hours after Israeli tank shells slammed into a UN school sheltering displaced Palestinians, killing 15 people, Gaza health officials said.

The latest deadly strikes came on the heels of an escalation in the embattled coastal territory, with Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers stepping up attacks after more than three weeks of fighting that has killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and more than 50 Israelis.

Witnesses said the shopping area was busy because residents, and many who had taken shelter in the area from fighting elsewhere, thought a ceasefire was in place.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment on the strike on the shopping area and said it was investigating the report.

Israel had earlier announced a "humanitarian window" in certain parts of the territory. But it said it would not halt fire in other areas, including in Shijaiyah, where the strike took place. Hamas dismissed the ceasefire, and Gaza militants fired 27 rockets at Israel after it began.

Eyewitnesses said an airstrike hit a warehouse on the edge of Shijaiyah, causing a fire and sending a large cloud of black smoke billowing into the sky.

The second airstrike struck an area about 500 meters away, according to witnesses, immediately killing at least 16 people, among them local Palestinian photographer Rami Rayan, who was wearing a press vest at the time.

"People were in the street and in the market, mostly women and kids. Suddenly more than 10 shells landed in the area, the market, in the Turkman area, and next to the gas station," said Salim Qadoum, 26, who witnessed the strike.

"The area now is like a blood bath, everyone is wounded or killed. People lost their limbs and were screaming for help. It's a massacre. I vomited when I saw what happened."

Palestinian freelance photographer Motaz Al Salhy, center, accompanied by colleagues, cries as he holds the bloodied helmet of his friend, freelance cameraman Rami Rayan, who was killed while working, in an Israeli strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood outside the morgue of Gaza City's Shifa hospital, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinian freelance photographer Motaz Al Salhy, center, accompanied by colleagues, cries as he holds the bloodied helmet of his friend, freelance cameraman Rami Rayan, who was killed while working, in an Israeli strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood outside the morgue of Gaza City's Shifa hospital, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, wait to receive treatment, at the emergency room of Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians grieve over the bodies of their relatives killed in an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp, at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians carry a man on a strecher to an ambulance following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians help carry injured men following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians help an injured man following an Israeli Strike in the Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian worker inspects the damage of a destroyed carton factory after it was hit in an Israeli air strike in the Nusseirat refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian weeps as he attends the bodies of Shaher al-Najar and his brother Bassem, killed in an Israeli strike, at the family house during the funeral in the Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
An Israeli forces flare lights up the sky of eastern Gaza City, early Wednesday, July 30, 2014, amid Israel's heaviest air and artillery assault in more than three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Israeli reserve soldiers rest at a stop near the Israel Gaza border after fighting in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Israeli reserve soldiers return to Israel after fighting in Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip, as walking on a road near the Israel Gaza border on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Palestinians carry bodies of 10 members of the Al Astal immediate and extended family, killed by an Israeli strike early at their houses, during their funeral in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
Palestinians prepare the bodies to pray over white coffin-draped bodies of ten members of the Al Astal immediate and extended family, killed by an Israeli strike early at their houses, during their funeral in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
Palestinians inspect damage to adjacent houses from a fallen minaret of the Al-Sousi mosque that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at the Shati refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinian Ismail Radwan, 45, inspects the damage to his family apartment caused by a fallen minaret of the Al-Sousi mosque, that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at Shati refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinian inspects damage to adjacent houses from a fallen minaret of the Al-Sousi mosque that was destroyed in an Israel strike, at the Shati refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
An injured Palestinian receives treatment at Nasser hospital following an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
Smoke rises from Al Zafer tower apartment damaged by an Israeli strike in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians help a man wounded as they walk over the rubble of destroyed buildings following an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
Palestinians help a woman overcome by emotion during the funeral of Shaher al-Najar, left, and his brother Bassem al-Najar, right, killed in an Israeli strike, at the family house in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinian man grieves the death of his relative following an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp, at the Kamal Adwan Hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians look at donkeys killed and wounded, by an Israeli strike earlier, at and around the adjacent Abu Hussein U.N. school, seen background, in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinian man shows a pool of blood where Shaher al-Najar and his brother Bassem al-Najar were killed by an Israeli strike, while sleeping at the family house in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinian boy weeps next to the body of Bassem al-Najar, killed in an Israeli strike, at the family house during the funeral in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians cry around the bodies of Shaher al-Najar, left, and his brother Bassem al-Najar, right, killed in an Israeli strike, at the family house during their funeral in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinian girl carries belongings as she and her family leave the Abu Hussein U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, hit by an Israeli strike earlier, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Smoke rises in the sky following Israeli strikes on eastern Gaza City, early Wednesday, July 30, 2014, amid Israel's heaviest air and artillery assault in more than three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian man rests after receiving treatment for injuries caused by an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in the Jebaliya refugee camp, at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian man leaves the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya after receiving treatment for his wounds caused by an Israeli strike at a UN school in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian boy cries while receiving treatment for injuries caused by an Israeli strike at a U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp, at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian mourners carry the bloodied bag with the body of their loved one, killed in an Israeli strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, out of the morgue of Gaza City's Shifa hospital, during the funeral, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Injured Palestinians lay on the ground following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A South Korean student displays a message during a rally against the Israeli military operations in Gaza and the West Bank and wishes for peace near the Israeli Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
A mural on the Falls Road, Belfast, calling for the 'Immediate Expulsion of All Israeli Diplomats from Eire' Picture date: Wednesday July 30, 2014.Photo: Brian Lawless/PA
A mural on the Falls Road, Belfast, calling for the 'Immediate Expulsion of All Israeli Diplomats from Eire' Picture date: Wednesday July 30, 2014.Photo: Brian Lawless/PA
Protesters against military action in Gaza during a demonstration in Bristo Square, Edinburgh
A Palestinian relative helps a wounded woman following an Israeli air strike on a building in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, July 30, 2014.(AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
Palestinians collect body parts in a classroom at the Abu Hussein U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, hit by an Israeli strike earlier, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinian man rushes a child, injured from an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, to an emergency room at Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians help carry injured men following an Israeli Strike in Shijaiyah neighborhood, eastern Gaza City, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians gather outside a classroom at the Abu Hussein U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, hit by an Israeli strike earlier, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians inspect the damage at the Ameen mosque in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, destroyed by an Israeli strike, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
A United Nations aid agency car lies destroyed by shrapnel from an Israeli strike in the Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. UN aid agency worker Mounir Haggar and his brother Bassir who were in the car were killed and Mounir's son Ibrahim, 12, was wounded, according to the UN. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians gather around a United Nations aid agency car that was damaged by shrapnel from an Israeli strike, in the Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians inspect the damage at the Ameen mosque in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, destroyed by an Israeli strike, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
In this image taken from video an explosion hits the media complex that houses the offices of Hamas-run Al Aqsa television and radio in central Gaza City early on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. The building also houses offices of a number of Arab satellite television news channels. (AP Photo/APTN)
Smoke from the explosion of an Israeli strike rises over a UN school at Jebaliya refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, where Palestinian displaced people had found refuge, on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinian, relative of a person killed in an Israeli strike in Jebaliya refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, cries as he walks during the funeral in Beit Lahiya, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
An Israeli reserve soldier gives the victory sign before entering the Gaza Strip near the Israel Gaza border, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Damaged Hamas prime minister's office is seen following Israeli strikes in Gaza City, in the Gaza Strip, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian worker carries a mattress from a destroyed carton factory after it was hit in an Israeli air strike in the Nusseirat refugee camp, in the central Gaza Strip, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke from the explosion of an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke and flames rise from the Gaza power plant after it was hit by Israeli strikes, in the Nusseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip,Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Smoke rises from an Israeli strike in Gaza City, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Smoke rises from an Israeli strike in Gaza City, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinian from a damaged neighbouring apartment building inspects the damage of the offices of the Hamas movement's Al-Aqsa satellite TV station, in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, destroyed by an Israeli strike, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Smoke from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke and flames rise from a burning fuel tank of Gaza's only power plant after it was hit by Israeli strikes in the Nusseirat Refugee Camp, central Gaza Strip,Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian from a neighbouring apartment building inspects the damage of the offices of the Hamas movement's Al-Aqsa satellite TV station, in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, destroyed by an Israeli strike, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
US Secretary of State John Kerry answers questions about Israel's invasion of Gaza and the current situation in Ukraine following a meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin at the State Department July 29, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Seen from Gaza City, smoke and flames rise from Gaza's electricity distribution company plant after it was hit by Israeli strikes in the Nusseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip,Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Smoke rises from the offices of the Hamas movement's Al-Aqsa satellite TV station, in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, shortly after was hit and destroyed by an Israeli strike, Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
A Palestinian walks on the rubble of the house of the top Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, hit by a pre-dawn Israeli strike, in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Israeli forces' flares light up the night sky of Gaza City on early Tuesday, July 29, 2014. A truce between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza remained elusive as diplomats sought to end the fighting at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday, marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Smoke raises in the air following Israeli shelling in Gaza City on early Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian relatives comfort each other in front of the morgue of Shifa hospital following an explosion that killed 10 people, nine of them children at a park at Shati refugee camp, in Gaza city, in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014 (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
An Israeli reserve soldier makes a wall with the Star of David from cardboard mortar shell boxes near the Israel Gaza border, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Israeli forces' flares light up the night sky of Gaza City on early Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Israeli forces' flares light up the night sky of Gaza City on early Tuesday, July 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Israeli forces flares light up the night sky in the east of Gaza City on Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Israeli soldiers sleep on the top of a tank near the Israel Gaza border, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
Palestinian relatives cry when mourners carry out the body of Gamal Ielian, 10, who was killed along with 9 other people, all but one of them children, in an explosion at a park at the Shati refugee camp, in the northern Gaza Strip, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Demonstrators show their support during a pro-Israel rally on July 28, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
A pro-Israeli demonstrator faces a group of Pro-Palestine demonstrators who staged a counter-demonstration across the street from a pro-Israel rally on July 28, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
People take part in a rally in support of Israel near the United Nations Headquarters on July 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Used artillery shells litter the ground on the morning of July 28, 2014 near Kafar Azza, Israel. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, July 27 (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A member of the foreign media, left, cries as she embraces her Palestinian news assistant, right, who burst into tears after discovering his family house was destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinian doctor treats 3-day-old Shaymaa al-Sheikh Ali at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
Palestinians carry the coffin of Christian woman Jalila Ayyad, 70, who was killed by an Israeli strike hit that destroyed her house, during her funeral at a church in Gaza City, Sunday, July 27, 2014.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A female protester against military action in Gaza wears a 'Silence is injustice' sign as she marches through Westminster, central London. Picture date: Saturday July 26, 2014.
Supporters of Israel are reflected in a mirror built on the Old Port during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, Sunday, July 27, 2014 (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over a building in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Israeli left wing activists light candles with shape of the word "Sorry" in Hebrew and place portraits on the ground of Israelis and Palestinians who have been killed in the conflict, during a demonstration against the Gaza war, in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty)
Supporters of Israel wave flags and shout slogans during a demonstration in Marseille, southern France, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
A Palestinian man walks by buildings heavily damaged by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians walk amid the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Damage from Israeli strikes leaves a room in the children's ward scattered with debris, at a hospital in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Smoke from Israeli strikes rises over Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians inspect the rubble of a destroyed house following an Israeli strike killing Christian woman Jalila Ayyad, 70, in Gaza City on Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
An Israeli tank fires towards Gaza, near the Israel and Gaza border in the morning of Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)
A Palestinian child who was injured in the war in Gaza gives the victory sign as he is prepared to be moved by ambulance from a hospital in north Sinai to Cairo after crossing the Gaza Egypt border Saturday, in el-Arish, 290 kilometers (180 miles) east of Cairo, Egypt, early Sunday, July 27, 2014.(AP Photo/Muhamed Sabry)
A news cameraman films at a live position as in the background smoke rises from an Israeli strike in Gaza City, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Smoke from Israeli strikes rises over Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Smoke from Israeli strikes rises over Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, July 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Pro-Palestinian protesters run amid tear gas canisters, as clashes erupted at Place de La Republique during a banned demonstration in support of Gaza, in Paris, France, Saturday, July 26, 2014 (AP Photo/Francois Mori )
A Palestinian supporter yells at opposing Israeli supporters as hundreds protest the war between Israel and Hamas members in the Gaza Strip in Toronto on Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese)
Israeli soldiers pray near the Israeli Gaza border as the 24 hour ceasefire begins on July 27, 2014 on the Israeli/Gaza border, Israel. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
sraeli soldiers pray near the Israeli Gaza border as the 24 hour ceasefire begins on July 27, 2014 on the Israeli/Gaza border, Israel. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers pray near the Israeli Gaza border as the 24 hour ceasefire begins on July 27, 2014 on the Israeli/Gaza border, Israel. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Smoke rises from Gaza Strip after Israeli shelling moment before the 24 hour ceasefire on July 27, 2014 on the Israeli/Gaza border(Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Israeli strikes in Gaza are seen after a ceasefire failed on July 27, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
An Israeli tank fires artillery shells after a ceasefire failed on July 27, 2014 near Sderot, Israel (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Left wing Israelis take part in a protest against Israel's military operation in the Gaza Strip on July 26, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)
Protesters take part in a 'Stop the War' demonstration march from the Israeli Embassy to the Houses of Parliament on July 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Protesters take part in a 'Stop the War' demonstration march from the Israeli Embassy to the Houses of Parliament on July 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Orthodox Jews show their support for peace in Gaza as they attend a 'Stop the War' demonstration in Parliament Square on July 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Protesters take part in a 'Stop the War' demonstration march from the Israeli Embassy to the Houses of Parliament on July 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
In this Thursday, July 24, 2014 photo, Nema Abu al-Foul, 2 , who was injured while playing with others in front of her family's house in the Al-Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City in an Israeli missile strike on July 19, recovers at Shifa hospital. The strike hit a nearby building, breaking her nose and fracturing her skull, her family said. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian man cries after bringing a child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, to the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians inspect the damage of their destroyed houses during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Smoke rises from a vehicle, destroyed by an Israeli strike, after Palestinian fire fighters put out the fire, in Gaza City, early Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians carry their belongings through rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes, as they visit the area during a 12-hour cease-fire in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Israeli soldiers seen working on a tank near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 25, 2014 near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Palestinians sit on debris after seeing their homes destroyed in Israel's military operation on Gaza, during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
An Israeli soldier seen carrying tank ammo near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 25, 2014 near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers gather by flames created from a Molotov cocktail thrown by Palestinians during clashes in Hawara village near the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
A member of the media holds his arm after being injured while covering Palestinian supporters of Hamas clash with Israeli security forces on July 25, 2014 near Ramallah, West Bank. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers seen carrying tank ammo near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 25, 2014 near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Palestinians on the rubble of a home destroyed by an Israeli strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinian children carry drinking water to their homes in the Nuseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinian children, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, are treated as they lay on the floor at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A woman supporter of Jamaat-e-Islami takes part in a demonstration against the Israeli bombings in the Gaza strip, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
A Palestinian woman reacts after seeing her destroyed house during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinian supporters of Hamas take shelter while clashing with Israeli security forces on July 25, 2014 near Ramallah, West Bank. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Palestinian supporters of Hamas clash with Israeli security forces on July 25, 2014 near Ramallah, West Bank. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Pro Palestinian demonstrators march through central London on July 25, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Pro Palestinian demonstrators march through central London on July 25, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Palestinians clash with Israeli security forces on July 25, 2014 near Ramallah, West Bank. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Men attend the burial of Mohammed al-Araj during his funeral on July 25, 2014 near Ramallah, West Bank. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Israeli artillery fire near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 25, 2014 near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Israeli artillery seen near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 25, 2014 near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Israeli tanks seen near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 25, 2014 near Israel's border with the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Palestinians carry a body of a man found under the rubble of a destroyed house during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
In this Friday, July 25, 2014 photo, Palestinians chant slogans to support the Palestinians in Gaza as others hold the Turkish flag, while protesting in the West Bank city of Jenin. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)
In this Friday, July 25, 2014 photo, a Palestinian man burns tires during clashes with Israeli soldiers, following a protest to support the Palestinians in Gaza, at Al-Jlameh checkpoint near the West Bank city of Jenin. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)
In this Friday, July 25, 2014 photo, Palestinians chant slogans to support the Palestinians in Gaza, while protesting in the West Bank city of Jenin. In the West Bank, which had been relatively calm for years, protests raged Friday against Israel's Gaza operation and the rising casualty toll there. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)
A member of the media walks past a vehicle, destroyed by an Israeli strike, after Palestinian fire fighters put out the fire, in Gaza City, early Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinian medics dig out a body found under the rubbles of a home destroyed by an Israeli strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinians carry the body of Mohammed al-Araj during his funeral in the Qalandia refugee camp near the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Amidst the morning fog, smoke from an Israeli strike rises in the air over Gaza City, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Protesters take part in a 'Stop the War' demonstration march from the Israeli Embassy to the Houses of Parliament on July 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
An Israeli soldier meets with his loved ones during a 12-hour ceasefire just outside the militarised zone near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 26, 2014 near Zikim, Israel. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Protesters take part in a 'Stop the War' demonstration march from the Israeli Embassy to the Houses of Parliament on July 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
A woman takes part in a 'Stop the War' demonstration march from the Israeli Embassy to the Houses of Parliament on July 26, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Protesters take part in a 'Stop the War' demonstration march from the Israeli Embassy to the Houses of Parliament on July 26, 2014 in London, England. The protesters were calling for an end to the violence in Gaza, which has seen the death of over 940, mostly civilian, Palestinians and 38 Israelis since the conflict started on July 8, 2014. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Palestinians and members of the media walk on the rubble of houses, destroyed by Israeli strikes, as they visit the area during a 12-hour cease-fire in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians walk by the rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes, as they return the area during a 12-hour cease-fire in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of Taib Mohammed Odeh, 22, front, and Khaled Odeh, 21, during their funeral in Hawara near Nablus, the northern West Bank, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
A Palestinian look outside from his destroyed house as he visits the area during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinian men climb on Israel's military vehicle that was left behind by the forces in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinians carry the body of Bassem Abo Al-Rob, 19, during his funeral in the West Bank village of Kabatyeh near Jenin city on Saturday, July 26, 2014 (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)
Palestinians carry their belongings through rubble of houses destroyed by Israeli strikes, as they visit the area during a 12-hour cease-fire in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, July 26, 2014 (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Palestinians salvage what little of their belongings they could from their homes during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians try to dig a body out of the rubble of a destroyed house hit by an Israeli strike during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian woman inspects the damage of her destroyed house during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014 (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian woman reacts after seeing her destroyed house during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
Smoke rises from a vehicle, destroyed by an Israeli strike, after Palestinian fire fighters put out the fire, in Gaza City, early Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
An Israeli soldier aims at Palestinian protesters during clashes in Hawara village near the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
Palestinian medics carry a body of a man after they found him under the rubble of a home destroyed by an Israeli strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
An Israeli soldier aims his weapon at a Palestinian during clashes in Hawara village near the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
Palestinian medics search for possible victims under the rubble of a home destroyed by an Israeli strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Palestinian relatives comfort each other during the funeral of 10 people who were killed in an Israeli strike in the yard of the United Nations school in Beit Hanoun, at the morgue of Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Yasser Qudih)
Palestinian youths weep while sitting by the rubble of a home destroyed by an Israeli strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, Friday, July 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
A Palestinian man inspects the destruction during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian man inspects the damage of his destroyed house during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, cries at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinian man carries a child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a UN school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, cries at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinian child, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, cries at the emergency room of the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Blood and and discarded belongings are left behind at a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A displaced Palestinian girl who had lost her relative in an Israeli airstrike at a U.N school cries at Beit Hanoun hospital in the northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 24, 2014. Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a UN school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing more than a dozen of people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinian children, wounded in an Israeli strike on a compound housing a U.N. school in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, lay on the floor of an emergency room at the Kamal Adwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
An Israeli soldier shoots tear gas towards Palestinian protesters against the Israeli military action in Gaza, during a demonstration at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
Palestinian protesters against the Israeli military action in Gaza run from tear gas shot by Israeli soldiers, during a demonstration at Hawara checkpoint near the West Bank city of Nablus on Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Smoke and flames from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
A Palestinian runs in an area damaged in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Demonstrators hold candles in the rain during a memorial vigil of those killed during the continued violence in Gaza, on July 24, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Demonstrators hold candles in the rain during a memorial vigil of those killed during the continued violence in Gaza, on July 24, 2014 in Berlin, Germany (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Demonstrators hold candles in the rain during a memorial vigil of those killed during the continued violence in Gaza, on July 24, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Adam Berry/Getty Images)
Demonstrators in lower Manhattan protest against Israel's recent military campaign in Gaza on July 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Demonstrators in lower Manhattan protest against Israel's recent military campaign in Gaza on July 24, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Palestinians flee during a two hour temporary ceasefire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A Palestinian man walks on the rubble of the building belonging to the Yazjhi family which was destroyed by an Israeli strike in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014.(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A man works in the fields near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 23, 2014 near Kfar Aza, Israel. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Damages are seen of the building belonging to the Yazjhi family which was destroyed by an Israeli strike in Gaza City, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Pages with the names of the 650 Palestinians who have been killed in Gaza are hung above the entrance to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills in London, after a protest by Palestine campaigners who blockaded the door to highlight the department's role in granting arms export licenses to Israel. Picture date: Wednesday July 23, 2014. Photo by PA
Smoke pours out of the ground due to an alleged campaign by the Israeli military to fill tunnels originating in Gaza with smoke to discover entrances into Israel on July 23, 2014 near Sderot, Israel. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers watch smoke pour out of Gaza on July 23, 2014 near Kafar Aza, Israel. As operation "Protective Edge " enters its 16th day, 29 Israeli soldiers have been killed and over 600 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Israeli soldiers fire artillery shells into Gaza on July 23, 2014 near Kafar Aza, Israel. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Palestinian Khaled Sharmi, 67, walks past the Al Aqsa Martyrs mosque, destroyed by an overnight Israeli strike, in Gaza City Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinian walks inside the Al Aqsa Martyrs mosque destroyed by an overnight Israeli strike, in Gaza City, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
A Palestinian man inspects the Al Aqsa Martyrs mosque destroyed by an overnight Israeli strike, in Gaza City, Tuesday, July 22, 2014 (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Smoke from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Gaza Strip
Palestinians inspect the Al Farouk mosque which was destroyed by an overnight Israeli strike, in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba)
Palestinian protesters run from tear gas thrown by Israeli soldiers during a demonstration against the Israeli military action in Gaza, near the West Bank city of Nablus, Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)
Pro-Palestine demonstrators face off with pro-Israel demonstrators on July 22, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Israeli airstrikes and shelling killed more than 108 Palestinians across the coastal territory throughout Wednesday.

The military had declared a four-hour humanitarian ceasefire in parts of Gaza beginning at 3pm, but Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said it lacked any "value" because it excluded border areas from where Hamas wanted to evacuate the injured.

Gaza militants fired 84 rockets at Israel on Wednesday, including more than 26 after the ceasefire was announced, the military said. Gaza health officials said seven Palestinians were killed by an Israeli airstrike in the same period.

Israel escalated its campaign on Tuesday, with airstrikes destroying key symbols of Hamas power, including the home of the top Hamas leader. Gaza's only power plant was shut down after shells set its fuel tank on fire.

In all, 108 Palestinians were killed by airstrikes and tank shelling in different areas of Gaza on Wednesday. The total number of Palestinians killed since the July 8 start of fighting rose to 1,347. More than 7,100 Palestinians have been injured.

Israel has lost 56 soldiers since launching a ground operation earlier this month aimed at destroying rocket launchers and tunnels used for attacks inside Israel. Three civilians have been killed on the Israeli side since the fighting began on July 8.

Israel says its Gaza operation is meant to stop Hamas rocket and mortar fire that has reached increasingly deeper into its territory and to destroy a sophisticated network of tunnels used for attacks inside Israel.

Gaza militants have fired more than 2,600 rockets toward Israel over the past three weeks, according to the Israeli army. Over the past 23 days, Israeli forces have hit 4,100 targets in Gaza, about one-third connected to rocket launching, a statement said.

The military has not provided details on strikes in which multiple members of one family were killed. There have been several dozen such strikes, according to the Palestinian human rights group Al-Mezan.

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