Israel says boy killed by Gaza mortar bomb

Friday 22 August 2014 22.55
A picture taken from the southern Israeli border with Gaza shows smoke rising from the remains of a mortar fired by Palestinian militants into Israel
A picture taken from the southern Israeli border with Gaza shows smoke rising from the remains of a mortar fired by Palestinian militants into Israel

A mortar bomb fired from Gaza killed a four-year-old Israeli child in a border collective farm, Israeli security sources said.

The boy is the fourth civilian in Israel to be killed since the outbreak of conflict on 8 July, and the first Israeli death since an Egyptian-brokered truce broke down earlier this week.

"A short while ago, a mortar hit near a kindergarten in the Sdot Negev regional council, killing an Israeli child," a statement from the army read.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned Hamas will pay a 'heavy price' for the killing.

A powerful Israeli air strike levelled a house in Gaza City late this afternoon, wounding 40 Palestinians, local emergency services said.

Witnesses said a drone fired two rockets at the two-storey property before an F16 warplane dropped a large bomb.

Witnesses added that it was the home of a family that included members of Hamas.

Emergency services said 40 people from the building and neighbouring buildings were wounded in the strike.

The death toll stands at at least 2,087 Palestinians, three-quarters of them civilians according to the United Nations, and 68 on the Israeli side, nearly all of them soldiers.

Israeli air strikes killed four Palestinians in Gaza this morning as European governments sought UN action to end more than six weeks of bloodshed.

Two men were killed in a strike on Nusseirat refugee camp early today, emergency services said.

Two more were killed in an air raid near neighbouring Deir al-Balah.

The Israeli military said it struck around 20 targets overnight but did not give details.

Iran plans to send aid to the Gaza Strip after Egypt said it would allow the shipment to enter the Palestinian territory, an Iranian diplomatic source said.

The official IRNA news agency said Cairo had agreed to transfer humanitarian aid bound for the coastal enclave, citing a foreign ministry source in Tehran.

The source said a first Iranian Red Crescent shipment of 100 tonnes of medicine and food would be flown "soon" to Cairo.

"The package weighs 100 tonnes and consists of food and medication," IRNA quoted the source as saying.