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Pregnant mother and baby killed by Israeli airstrike in Gaza

Pregnant mother and baby killed by Israeli airstrike in Gaza

An Israeli air strike killed a Palestinian mother and daughter in Gaza on Sunday and police said a Palestinian detonated an explosive in her car on a road to Jerusalem as unrest spun further towards a full-scale uprising. Palestinians disputed the police account, saying an electrical fire in the vehicle was mistaken for a bomb blast.

Four Israelis and 23 Palestinians have died in 12 days of bloodshed fuelled in part by Muslim anger over increasing Jewish access to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem. Violence, including a series of stabbings, has spread from the holy city and the Israeli-occupied West Bank to Israel's interior and Hamas-ruled Gaza.

With Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister, cautioning Israelis there would be no "quick fix", there was scant sign of any significant moves to turn away from conflict that has raised fears of a third Palestinian uprising.

Palestinian medical officials said 37 Palestinian protesters were wounded by gunfire from Israeli troops during clashes on Sunday in the West Bank.

 Responding to cross-border rocket attacks, Israel said its aircraft targeted a Hamas facility in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian medical officials said a pregnant woman and her three-year-old daughter living nearby were killed.

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Israel Launches Airstrikes on Four Gaza Areas

Israel Launches Airstrikes on Four Gaza Areas

Israeli warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes against the Gaza Strip last night, in yet another act of aggression against the besieged coastal territory, media sources reported. The aerial assaults, which were launched in the early hours of Wednesday morning, reportedly hit four areas in and outside Gaza city, resulting in partial damage. There were no reports of casualties.

The attacks came hours after Israeli media sources said a projectile allegedly fired from the center of Gaza was intercepted by the so-called Iron Dome missile system over the city of Ashdod on the Mediterranean shore.

The Israeli military blamed the Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas for the rocket attack, but according to Israeli daily Haaretz, a Salafist-affiliated group, called the Omar Hadid Brigade, claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.

Last year, Israel launched a relentless war on Gaza which claimed the lives of about 2,200 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and left more than 10,000 injured. Hundreds of thousands others are currently displaced and live in makeshift caravans or in UNRWA-run schools.

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