Israeli Strikes Kill 35 Members of Two Gaza Families Within Hours

Deaths of 25 members of Abu Jamaa clan highest toll for one family in a single strike since launch of Operation Protective Edge.

Abu Jama'e
People gatheri around the bodies of Palestinians from Abu Jama'e family, who medics said were killed in an Israeli air strike that destroyed their house, at their funeral in Khan Younis, July 21, 2014 Reuters

The Israel Air Force killed 35 members of two Gaza families in separate strikes made overnight and Monday morning, according to witnesses.

25 of the victims belonged to the Abu Jamaa family east of Khan Yunis, and 10 were members of the Siyyam family in Rafah. The circumstances of the two attacks have not been disclosed.

The Abu Jamaa attack exacted the highest toll of one family in a single incident since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge.

According to the Gaza Health Ministry, the number of Palestinian fatalities has risen to 508, while 3,150 residents have been injured. Some 85,000 residents have south refuge with the UN Relief and Works Agency.

The home of the Abu Jamaa clan is a complex of eight apartments, in which the extended family lives. Fighter jets blew up the home while the family was eating its Iftar meal to break the daily Ramadan fast. Palestinian rescue workers labored throughout the night to save the injured and pull out the bodies of the victims.

In Rafah, the Siyyam home was bombed after morning prayers and the start of the fast. Palestinians report that there were seven minors and one woman among the dead. The strike also injured 25 people.

Over 100 Palestinians were killed in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, according to Palestinian sources, including more than 60 casualties in Shujaiyeh, the site of fierce battles between the Israel Defense Forces and Hamas. The other Palestinians who were killed Sunday died during IDF attacks around the Gaza Strip and within Gaza City. Among the dead in Shujaiyeh were at least 17 children and 14 women. Over 200 people were injured in the neighborhood.