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Israeli shelling hits Gaza power plant, 40 killed

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At least 40 people were killed by Israeli airstrikes Monday, while Gaza’s only power plant shut down after Israeli shelling set fire to the building early Tuesday, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported.

As Gaza entered its 23rd day under Israeli attack, the Palestinian death toll reached above 1,100. Over 6,000 have been injured, according to Gaza Ministry of Health spokesperson, Dr Ashraf Al-Qidra.

An Israeli warplane struck the house of the Head of Hamas’s Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh.

“My house is not more valuable than the house of any other Gazan, and destroying stones will not break our determination and resistance,” Haniyeh said in a statement reported by Ma’an. “We will resist until freedom.”

The IDF spokesperson said that five Israeli soldiers were killed in combat with Palestinian militants on Monday while the Al-Qassam Brigades claimed ten Israeli soldiers were killed.

Sine the start of Operation Protective Edge, 53 Israeli soldiers and 3 Israeli civilians have been killed.

The IDF spokesperson also said Tuesday morning that the Israeli military launched strikes at 70 targets in the Gaza Strip. The strikes targeted a number of homes, mosques, and government institutions as well as media centres.

“Last night, we struck four massive weapon caches that Hamas hid inside of mosques,” the IDF spokesperson wrote on Tuesday morning.


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