Gaza death toll rises to 296

Fifty-five Gazans are killed on Friday as Israel presses a major ground offensive in the coastal enclave, raising the overall Palestinian death toll since July 8 to 296, medics say.

The latest Palestinian deaths include three members of a family killed in an Israeli strike in southern Gaza’s Rafah, as well as a 21-year-old man also killed in Rafah, says Gaza emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra.

Shortly before, eight members of a single family — two men, two women and four children — are killed in tank shelling on their home in northern Gaza’s Beit Hanoun.


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