An air strike on a sports hall in Beit Lahiya killed one civilian and injured 20 others
Palestinians inspect the grounds of a sports club that was destroyed by an overnight Israeli air raid in Beit Lahia. A series of Israeli air strikes on Gaza over the past 24 hours have killed six Palestinians and injured 30, a spokesman for the emergency services told AFP. © Mohammed Abed - AFP
An air strike on a sports hall in Beit Lahiya killed one civilian and injured 20 others
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Last updated: August 25, 2011

Israeli raids kill six Gazans in 24 hours

A series of Israeli air strikes on Gaza over the past 24 hours have killed six Palestinians and injured 30, a spokesman for the emergency services told AFP on Thursday.

Adham Abu Selmiya, a spokesman for Gaza's emergency services said five people had been killed in a series of raids which ended before dawn on Thursday but said a sixth person succumbed to injuries during the morning.

Of the six dead, two were Islamic Jihad militants.

The first attack on Wednesday hit a car in the southern city of Rafah, killing 34-year old Jihad militant Ismail al-Ismar.

Later, medics found the body of Ismail Amum, a 65-year-old civilian who was killed during an earlier raid near Deir al-Balah in central Gaza.

During the evening, the air force struck a target in Gaza City, killing another Jihad militant, 20-year-old Atiya Muqat; another strike on Rafah killed Hisham Abu Har, a civilian working inside the cross-border smuggling tunnels.

Early Thursday morning, an air strike on a sports hall in the northern town of Beit Lahiya killed civilian Salam al-Masri, and injured another 20, one critically.

Several hours later, 22-year-old Adnan al-Jakhbir, a civilian who was critically injured in Beit Lahiya, died of his injuries, the ambulance service told AFP.

Over the same 24 hour period, Gaza militants fired 19 rockets and mortars into southern Israel, lightly injuring an infant, the military said.

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