Palestinian Death Toll Tops 1,300

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip- Two new attacks in Gaza have pushed the Palestinian death toll above 1,300 in more than three weeks of fighting.

Israeli strikes today hit a crowded shopping area in Gaza City, where Palestinian officials say at least 16 people were killed and more than 200 wounded. Hours earlier, tank shells tore through the wall of a U.N. school that was crowded with war refugees, killing at least 17 people and wounding 90 others.

Israel says its soldiers had been targeted by mortar rounds that were launched from the area of the school, and they fired back.

The attack on the U.N. school in the Jebaliya (juh-BAH'-lee-yuh) refugee camp was the second deadly strike on a U.N. compound in a week.

A Palestinian health official says 114 Palestinians were killed today, bringing the total to 1,359 since the start of fighting.

The Israeli military says three of its soldiers were killed when a booby-trapped house collapsed after they identified an entrance to a tunnel inside. That raised to 56 the number killed since a ground war began earlier this month.

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