New Israeli airstrike kills three in Gaza

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An Israeli airstrike on central Gaza early Saturday has claimed the lives of at least three Palestinians, medical officials said according to Agence France-Presse.

Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said the three were killed in a house in the Nusseirat camp on Saturday, with five others wounded in the same attack.

The attack comes as the bloody conflict between Hamas and Israel entered its 47th day, killing at least 2,095 Palestinians, and 68 people on the Israeli side, all but four of them soldiers.

Hostilities in the six-week war between Israel and Islamist rulers of Gaza Hamas resumed on Tuesday as Egyptian-brokered truce talks collapsed.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday vowed harsh retribution against Hamas, after a mortar round fired from the Palestinian territory killed an Israeli child.

“Hamas will pay a heavy price for this attack,” Netanyahu’s spokesman Ofir Gendelman cited the prime minster as saying on his Twitter account, adding that the Israeli army and Shin Bet internal security service would “intensify ops against Hamas until the goal of #ProtectiveEdge is achieved”.

The 4-year-old Israeli boy is the first Israeli child killed in the conflict between Israel and Gaza-based Palestinian factions since the beginning of Israel’s operation “Protective Edge” against the Palestinian enclave on July 8.

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