Gaza: 22 dead in Israeli raids, 70 wounded, medics

Discussing mediation now 'inappropriate', Islamic Jihad

13 November, 17:38

    TEL AVIV - The number of Palestinians killed in Gaza by Israeli raids has risen to 22 after rockets were launched against the Jewish State, the health ministry in the Gaza Strip said Wednesday, quoting local sources on the second day of an open conflict between the Islamic Jihad and Israel.

    The same sources said that 70 people were injured.

    The victims include Khaled Farag, 38, a commander of the Al-Quds Brigades, who was killed on Wednesday morning in Deir el-Balah in an Israeli air raid, according to a statement by the Brigades quoted by local media.

    On Tuesday Baha Abu al-Ata, a top official of Islamic Jihad and the supreme commander of the al-Quds Brigades for the 'northern front' of the Strip was killed in Gaza.

    Meanwhile rockets are continuing to be fired against southern Israel in the communities around the Strip: Tzohar, Ohad, Sde Nitzan, Mivtahim, Amioz, Yesha, Kissufim and Ein Hashlosha.

    Islamic Jihad on Wednesday morning fired 20 Grad rockets against the Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Sderot, a spokesman for the al-Quds Brigades said. ''The military campaign against the enemy is continuing'', said the spokesman.

    Gaza's streets were empty on Wednesday morning. Schools remained closed, along with the majority of stores with the exception of bakeries, pharmacies and few others.

    Cars with loudspeakers announcing the identity of those killed in Israeli raids have been circulating in various districts, where 'mourning tents' have also been set up for their families. A state of emergency was announced in hospitals.

    Meanwhile authorities have urged the population to act with caution and to promptly report to security forces the sites struck by Israeli raids so that they will be inspected. In particular, they added, the population should ignore ''unfounded information'' published ''at Israel's initiative''.

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