Sun, 02 Oct 2022

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The exchange of fire between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) continued for the second day on Saturday. The Israeli military continued bombing dozens of targets belonging to the militant group in the Gaza Strip, while hundreds of rockets were launched from the Palestinian enclave toward Israel.

At least 15 were killed, including a five-year-old girl, two women, seven militants, and 125 injured in the Gaza Strip, said the Palestinian Health Ministry on Saturday.

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The Palestinian social media platforms were filled with pictures and videos of the 5-year-old girl Allaa Qadoum, who was killed on Friday in the strike. Her parents cried while carrying her body wrapped with a Palestinian flag.

The girl's grandfather said with tears in his eyes: "Allaa was playing in front of the house when the Israeli warplanes bombed a target in the vicinity of the place and a shrapnel penetrated her head."

The gray-haired old man asked "what was the fault of Allaa for being targeted and killed? Was she firing missiles at Israel?"

The girl was about to enter kindergarten at the end of this month and asked for new clothes and a new schoolbag, he told Xinhua.

Israel hasn't commented on the death of the girl.

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The residents of Gaza said the airstrikes were a big shock and unexpected when lots of families were preparing for a weekend on the beach of Gaza to escape from the summer heat and the power shortage.

Following the intensive airstrikes, the streets of the enclave's cities and towns seemed almost empty of pedestrians and traffic, with only firefighters' vehicles and ambulances driving around.

All cafes and hotels overlooking the seaside were closed after the customers left immediately, and commercial activities were almost paralyzed.

Mohammed al-Sa'adi, a resident of "Falastin" residential tower, which was attacked by the Israeli fighter jets on Friday, told Xinhua that "the bombing happened suddenly without warning when we were inside the apartment."

Salama Ma'rouf, the spokesman of the Hamas-run government in Gaza, told Xinhua that 650 housing units have been destroyed since Friday.

"The Israeli escalation has damaged many citizens' houses and civil institutions, which was in clear violation of international laws," he stressed.

The spokesman called on the international community to stop "Israeli aggression against the Palestinians."

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