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Israel Terrorists kills Gaza woman

July 1, 2012

Wednesday, June 21. 2006

A Palestinian woman has been killed and 14 other people wounded, including children, in a second Israeli air strike in two days in the southern Gaza Strip.

Local medical sources and witnesses said that a missile, fired by an Israeli aircraft towards a car on Wednesday, slammed into a house near the town of Khan Yunis, killing 27-year-old Fatima al-Barbarawi and injuring 14 other people.

They added that five children aged between one and four were among the wounded.

The civilian deaths follow the killing of three Palestinian children on Tuesday in an Israeli air attack, again over the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian security sources said a rocket fired by an Israeli aircraft took aim at a car, missed its target and struck a house.

On June 13, nine civilians were killed in an air raid, and on June 9 seven members of one family were killed while picnicking on a Gaza beach in an attack a rights group blamed on an Israeli shell.

The deaths have roused international condemnation and caused further embarrassment for Israel.

UN reaction

In reaction to the civilian killings, the United Nations urged Israel to stop targeted killings of members of Palestinian resistance groups in the Gaza Strip.

Briefing the Security Council on the latest developments in the Middle East, Ibrahim Gambari, the UN undersecretary-general for political affairs, said Israel had stepped up its policy of targeted killings and of shelling Gaza areas from which rockets are fired at its territory.

He said that Kofi Annan, the UN secretary-general, was “particularly disturbed that despite his prior expressions of concern, this pattern was repeated yesterday, when three children were killed and a number of bystanders injured, during another targeted killing by Israel”.

“We would like to, once again, underscore the need for Israel to cease targeted killings, which continue to claim civilian lives,” Gambari said.

“It is the view of the secretary-general that Israeli actions should be proportionate and in accordance to humanitarian law.”

A statement released by Annan’s office in Geneva made the same point, saying the UN chief “deeply deplores” the killing of three children on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Ryad Mansour, the Palestinian observer at the UN, said: “These immoral, reprehensible acts by Israel in killing civilians cannot be accepted.”

He appealed to the Security Council to demand that Israel, as an occupying power, abide by provisions of the fourth Geneva Convention, which he said were applicable to the Palestinian occupied territory.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed that the army had carried out a strike against “a militant cell”, but gave no further details.

Israel has not commented. It has killed at least 12 Palestinian civilians in recent days, many of them children.

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