10 family members killed in strike on Gaza refugee camp
Gaza, May 15 (EFE).- Ten members of the same Palestinian family were killed in an Israeli air strike early Saturday morning on a refugee camp in Gaza.
Eight children and two women, all from the Abu Hatab family, were killed in the shelling, Palestinian sources told Efe.
The Israeli army told Efe that it was looking into the reports.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health shared a photo of a five-month-old baby, who is reportedly the sole survivor of the air strike.
In a statement, Hazem Qasem, Hamas spokesman, accused the Israeli army of committing a “massacre” against civilians in Shati refugee camp.
The shelling came on the sixth consecutive day of escalating violence between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement that governs the Gaza Strip, that has seen over 2,000 rockets fired by militants from the enclave, with Israel responding with heavy bombing campaigns that have destroyed entire buildings.
On Friday, protesters in the West Bank towns of Hebron and Jenin clashed with Israeli security forces. Eleven Palestinians were killed.
The deadly violence has also spread to Israeli cities with mixed Jewish and Arab populations, where mobs have rioted in the streets.
At least 140 Palestinians, including 40 children, have been killed since Monday. Over 1,000 people have been wounded.
Nine people have been killed in Israel since the start of the escalation, including a teenager and a child.
Egypt has sent 10 ambulances into the Gaza Strip to transfer the wounded to Egyptian hospitals for treatment.
Militants in Gaza continued to fire rockets into Israel on Saturday, triggering anti-aircraft sirens in Tel Aviv.
More bloodshed is expected on Saturday, when Palestinians mark ‘Al-Nakba’, or ‘the catastrophe’, which commemorates the day when the State of Israel was established in 1948, displacing hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. EFE