Israeli air strikes on Friday killed six Palestinians, including one attack on the home of a supposed fighter , medical sources said. Five Palestinians, including a woman and seven-year-old child, died when the man’s house in Rafah in southern Gaza was hit, and 15 other people were wounded, Gaza emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.
Witnesses said Abdel Razzaq al-Ghannam was not at home when the attack happened. An air strike around an hour before killed Anas Abu al-Kass, 33, of Gaza City’s Tel el-Hawa neighbourhood.
According to Qudra, around 95 Gazans have been killed since Israel launched Operation Protective Edge early on Tuesday to halt cross-border rocket fire by insurgency groups.
Since the start of the operation, Gaza have fired 407 mortars and rockets that struck Israel, while another 118 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defence system, an army spokeswoman said Friday.
It is the deadliest violence since a November 2012 conflict in Gaza, and activists have been firing rockets at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv for the first time since then. No Israelis have been killed from the rocket fire.
Israel has also authorised the call-up of 40,000 reservist troops, as it threatens a ground operation to stamp out rocket fire from Gaza. SAPA