Thirty-third IDF soldier killed in Gaza
The Israeli army said on Friday that one of its soldiers had been killed in Gaza earlier in the day, bringing the total number of soldiers killed to 33.
"Master Sergeant (Res.) Yair Ashkenazy, 36 years old from Rehovot, was a combatant in the reserve brigade of the IDF Officer Cadet," an army statement said.
"MSG (Res.) Ashkenazy was killed earlier today during operational activity in the northern Gaza Strip," it added.
Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge, 33 IDF officers and soldiers have been killed.
Palestinian militant groups have announced that they have killed several more soldiers, claiming that the Israeli army has not admitted the deaths of a handful of its troops.
The army announcement came as the Palestinian death toll in Gaza rose to 835.
Imad Abu Kamil, 20, was killed in an Israeli attack on al-Mughraqa in central Gaza, a Palestinian health ministry spokesman said.
Meanwhile, seven bodies were pulled from rubble in the Shajaiyya area near Gaza City on Friday, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said.
The bodies show signs of decay, indicating that the people were likely killed during Israeli forces' massive shelling and bombing of Shajaiyya last Sunday.
Two more bodies were pulled from the al-Zaytoun neighborhood of Gaza City. They were identified as Muhammad Yassin Siyam and Rami Muhammad Yassin.
In an initial count, 66 Palestinians were killed during what has been dubbed the "Shajaiyya massacre" on July 20, but several more bodies have been found since then.
Gaza militants continue to launch attacks
Meanwhile, Hamas said it had fired three rockets at Israel's main airport, a day after US and some European airlines had resumed flights after a two-day suspension.
"At 11:45 am, the Qassam Brigades bombarded Ben Gurion airport with three M75 rockets," a statement from Hamas's armed wing said.
EU and US authorities had ordered all commercial flights suspended after a rocket struck near runways on Tuesday, briefly shutting Israeli air links to the outside world in what Hamas claimed as a "victory" in a deadly conflict now in its 18th day.
Additionally, the al-Qassam Brigades said they targeted Ashdod with five grad missiles, Tel Aviv with 5 rockets and an M75 missile, and Ashkelon with five grad missiles.
Fatah's al-Aqsa Brigades claimed responsibility for targeting Beersheba and Ashdod with three grad missiles.
And the Popular Resistance Committees' al-Nasser Salah al-Din Brigades said they had targeted Israeli towns near Gaza with 70 missiles.
Rockets from Gaza have killed two Israeli civilians so far, one of whom was volunteering at an Israeli military site.
Another rocket killed a Thai migrant worker on Wednesday.
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