Death toll reaches 160 as Israeli troops enter Gaza
Palestinians survey the rubble of a mosque, which police said was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike, in Nuseirat in the central Gaza Strip - REUTERS
By AMIRA EL-FEKKI

CAIRO: The death toll for Palestinians reached nearly 160 people due to Israeli attacks in Gaza, Israeli authorities announced Sunday. The Gaza Health Ministry said more than 1,080 were injured.

According to BBC World’s reporter in Gaza, 17 members belonging to the same family were killed by Israeli forces in an attack that was targeting Hamas Chief Police’s house in east Gaza.

Israel claimed it was hit by 120 rockets by Hamas since Israeli Special Forces first entered Gaza Monday, BBC World added. One Tel Aviv reporter said that Israel has the upper hand in the conflict.

Israeli troops targeted a rocket base in north Gaza after Hamas said it clashed with Israeli marine forces in Sudaniya, northwest Gaza Saturday night. In response, Israel planned to widen its presence in the territory and prepared with ten tanks and 30,000 soldiers, AFP reported.

ONTV Live Channel’s camera installed in a location near the attacks in Gaza has been recording the air strikes live on Sunday at approximately 10:00 a.m. Israel warned citizens in north Gaza to evacuate Saturday night that heavy bombings were expected in the upcoming hours.

Israel declared the injury of four its soldiers during the operations. Other reports said that a military funeral was held for two soldiers overnight on Sunday although Israel did not officially announce any deaths, Al-Quds eye-witnesses told Youm7.

A total of 15 people died in an attack on a mosque during prayers in the town of Sujaiyeh in east Gaza, Palestinian Health Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra told Youm7.

The Egyptian political, religious, and social communities severely condemned the attacks on Gaza by Israel, calling it genocide. Several groups demanded President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to permanently open Rafah Border Crossing and take fierce measures to counter Israel’s violations.

Sisi warned against escalation in Gaza during his meeting with Tony Blair and the Arab league is scheduled to meet Monday to make decisions based on the situation.

Additional reporting by Ahmed Gomaa.

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