Gaza death toll climbs to 342

The Gaza death toll hit 342 on Saturday as Israel intensified its air strikes and troops pressed a ground assault on the 12th day of Operation Protective Edge.

The latest incident saw two men, aged 25 and 31, killed in an air strike near Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.

And another two people were killed in Zeitoun, east of Gaza City, raising the number of Palestinians killed on Saturday to 45.

— AFP, Times of Israel staff

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