Seven Palestinians are killed in an Israeli strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip Tuesday, according to local medics in the Hamas-ruled Palestinian enclave, taking to 1,092 the number of Palestinians who have died since the start of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge launched July 8. That number includes hundreds of Hamas and Islamic Jihad gunmen, Israel says,

The seven, including five women and one child, died when their three-storey building was destroyed, says a spokesman for Gaza’s rescue services.

Israel launched Operation Protective Edge to stop Hamas rocket fire and degrade its military infrastructure. Hamas has fired over 2,000 rockets into Israel this month, and carried out five attacks through a network of tunnels dug under the Gaza-Israel border. Forty-three Israeli soldiers have been killed and three civilians.

— AFP, Times of Israel staff

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