14 Palestinians killed, 29 injured in Gaza

Gaza, Aug 1: At least 14 Palestinians were killed and 29 injured on Friday in Israeli airstrikes, hours before the start of a 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. According to medical sources, eight Palestinians were killed early on Friday as Israeli warplanes targeted a house in the southern Gaza city of Khanyounis, Xinhua reported.

In the airstrike, 10 people were injured. Six Palestinian civilians, including a child, were killed and 19 injured during airstrikes in eastern districts of Khanyounis, medics said.

The incidents came just hours before the start of a 72-hour ceasefire agreed by Israel and Hamas movement. The UN-proposed truce is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. Since Israel launched offensives on Gaza July 8, 1,464 Palestinians have been killed and more than 8,000 injured. In the conflict, 56 Israelis, including 53 soldiers, were also killed.