Gaza death toll surpasses 200
The Israeli government's offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip has been going on for more than a week, resulting in the killing of over 200 people.
At least two people were killed and several others injuried in the Israeli airstrikes on al-Zaytoun neighborhood of eastern Gaza City and Khan Yunis on Tuesday.
The latest incidents bring the death toll from the Israeli bombardment of the Palestinian territory to 205. The number of fatalities has exceeded the figure for the 2012 conflict.
Over 160 Palestinians, including women and children, were killed and about 1,200 others were injured in Israel’s eight-day offensive on the coastal enclave, which ended on November 21, 2012.
According to Palestinian health officials, nearly 30 percent of the Gazans killed by Israel’s recent airstrikes are women and children. It is also said that more than 1,500 Palestinians have been injured.
In the latest attack, Israeli jets bombed Beit Lahiya and Nuseyrat in north of Gaza.
Since last Tuesday, Israeli warplanes have struck more than 1,300 targets across Gaza, which is home to around 1.8 million Palestinians.
Meanwhile, Israeli troops and tanks remain amassed on the Gaza border in preparation for a possible ground assault.
The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, has been launching retaliatory attacks against Israel.
Hamas has warned that it is prepared to hit back at Israeli forces should Tel Aviv launch a full-scale ground attack against Gaza.