Israel continues pounding Gaza, dashing hopes for truce – Al-Tahrir News Network

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Non-stop Israeli attacks lifted the Palestinian death toll to 583, including almost 100 children, since fighting started on 8 July.

As the US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cairo, seeking a ceasefire in Gaza after 15 days of fighting, Israel continued to pound Gaza on Tuesday dashing hopes for a pause in the conflict which has so far left some 583 Palestinians and 25 Israeli soldiers dead, since the Israeli military attacked Gaza on 8 July.

A series of Israeli air strikes early Tuesday killed seven Palestinians in Gaza, including five members of the same family, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

Another person was killed in a strike in nearby Nusseirat, and one more died in the southern city of Khan Yunis.

Hamas and its allies fired a barrage of rockets into southern and central Israel, triggering sirens in Tel Aviv, with one missile striking a nearby town, lightly injuring two people, officials said.

A Palestinian man is pictured through a damaged house as he walks amidst the debris of a neighboring a house which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City July 21, 2014 (photo: Reuters)

Israel has rejected a request for a humanitarian truce in Gaza advanced by UN envoy to the Middle East Robert Serry, Haaretz reported on Tuesday, citing high-level Israeli sources.

On Monday afternoon, an Israeli air strike on a home in the centre of Gaza City killed eight people, including four children, Palestinian medics said.

The new strike came shortly after an Israeli tank shell hit the third floor of Al-Aqsa hospital in the central Gaza Strip, killing five people and injuring 16.

Non-stop Israeli attacks lifted the Palestinian death toll to 583, including almost 100 children, since fighting started on 8 July, Gaza health officials said.

Israel says 25 of its soldiers have been killed along with two civilians.