An Israeli Merkava convoy is seen near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 18, 2014
An Israeli Merkava convoy is seen near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 18, 2014 © Menahem Kahana - AFP
An Israeli Merkava convoy is seen near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 18, 2014
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Last updated: July 19, 2014

Four children dead in Israel tank shelling in Gaza

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At least eight members of a single family, among them four children, were killed by Israeli tank fire in northern Gaza on Friday evening, medics said.

The eight members of the Abu Jurad family -- two men, two women, and four children -- were killed in their home in Beit Hanun, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

He had given an initial toll of five dead in the attack, but revised it upwards to eight, adding the deaths of three additional children from the family.

He gave the names of the children as Hania, Ahlam, Samih and Musa -- two girls and two boys.

Their deaths raised the toll on the eleventh day of conflict between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas to 292 killed in Gaza.

Two Israelis have been killed, one civilian and one soldier.

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