Israel Kills More Militants, Death Toll Tops 500

July 21, 2014 by staff 

Israel Kills More Militants, Death Toll Tops 500, Israeli forces killed at least 10 Palestinian militants on Monday after they crossed the border from Gaza through two tunnels, the military said, as the death toll from the two-week conflict passed 500.

With the U.N. Security Council calling for an immediate ceasefire, Israeli jets and tanks continued to pound the Gaza Strip through the night.

The Israeli barrage killed 25 people from one family near Gaza’s southern border with Egypt, while 10 from another died in the nearby Khan Younis after shells hit their home and struck again as they tried to flee, hospital officials said.

The overnight raids lifted the Palestinian death toll to 484, mostly civilians, since fighting started on July 8. Israel says 18 of its soldiers have also died along with two civilians.

In New York, the Security Council called for a truce after an emergency meeting on Sunday. The 15-member Council “expressed serious concern about the growing number of casualties (and)… called for an immediate cessation of hostilities,” Rwanda’s U.N. Ambassador Eugene Gasana told reporters. Two groups of Palestinian fighters slipped into southern Israel in the early morning, with the Israeli army ordering a lockdown in local communities as they tracked them down.

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