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Palestinian dies of wounds as government holds Israel responsible for escalation


?A multi-story building in Gaza turned into rubble in the Israeli air bombardment. (WAFA Images) 

GAZA/RAMALLAH, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (WAFA) – A 22-year-old Palestinian died early Tuesday of wounds sustained in the Israeli airstrikes the night before on Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, bringing the total killed since the start of the Israeli airstrikes on Gaza to four and a total of 11 since Friday, as the Palestinian government condemned in a statement the Israeli bombardment holding Israel responsible for the escalation.

Meanwhile, Israeli warplanes continued to destroy Gaza high-rises, the latest was al-Yaziji building in Rimal suburb of Gaza City, which was turned into rubble. Earlier, the warplanes struck and destroyed several buildings in Gaza City, including a building housing Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV, prompting the Palestinian fighters in Gaza to threaten to target major cities in the south of Israel in response.

Mousa Iyad Abdul Aal died in hospital of wounds sustained the night before from the continuous Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, which started earlier on Monday and left three dead and many wounded.

With Abdul Aal’s death, total Palestinians killed in the latest Israeli aggression reached 11, including seven killed on Friday following a botched Israeli operation in Khan Younis in the south of Gaza Strip.

Government spokesman Yousef al-Mahmoud held the Israeli government responsible for the aggression, warning that Israel is endangering the country and the region with the escalation and the destruction, urging international intervention to stop the Israeli aggression and to provide international protection for the Palestinian people.

Israeli bombardment of various locations in the Gaza Strip continued throughout the night, hitting primarily multi-story buildings in the center of Gaza City with a goal to inflict as much damage in Gaza as possible.

However, before bombing the buildings, Israel would send warning signals to the people in the building and nearby to vacate the area, which explains the absence of casualties after shelling the buildings.

At the same time, the Palestinian fighters continued to fire home-made rockets into southern Israel, one hitting a building in Asqalan killing one person and injuring two others.

The fighters warned of hitting major cities as far as Beer Sheba in the south if the Israel bombing of high-rises continues.

Efforts by Egypt and the United Nations are underway to bring a halt to the fighting before it becomes an all-out war.


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