Israel bombards the Gaza City neighborhood of Shujaiyeh, killing at least 66, with the toll expected to rise.
Photos by: Anne Paq and Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org
Text by: Noa Yachot
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Israel stepped up its air and ground offensive on the Gaza Strip on Sunday, resulting in the deadliest day since the assault began on July 8. A total of 87 Palestinians were reported dead, with the toll expected to rise. Thirteen Israeli soldiers were also killed Sunday while fighting inside Gaza.
A vast majority of the Palestinian deaths were in Shujaiyeh, a neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. Israeli artillery and air strikes pounded the neighborhood throughout the night and into Sunday, turning it into a scene of utter devastation, with entire buildings flattened and bodies strewn in the streets.
Gazans flee Shujaiyeh after Israeli tanks invaded the area, bombarding it heavily, killing more than 60 people and wounding hundreds, July 20, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)
Palestinian health officials said that at least 66 Palestinians were killed in Shujaiyeh, bringing the Palestinian death toll in the current round of fighting – billed by Israel “Operation Protective Edge” – to roughly 425, most of them civilians. A total of 18 Israeli soldiers have been killed, along with two Israeli civilians.
Among those killed in Shujaiyeh were at least 17 children, 14 women, and four elderly people. Those numbers could rise, as rescue teams could not safely complete the task of evacuating the dead and wounded.
Ambulances and civilians in Shujaiyeh, July 20, 2014. (Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)
Thousands of Shujaiyeh residents fled the area throughout Sunday. UNRWA reported Sunday evening that more than 80,000 Gazans had sought refugee in temporary shelters operated by the United Nations agency.