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Sunday, 11 March 2012

Officials: Latest Israeli airstrike in Gaza bring death toll to 17

Wasif Chudhary

Gaza City (CNN) -- The latest Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed a 12-year-old boy Sunday, bringing the death toll to 17 from two days of bombing, Palestinian medical sources said. The Israeli military had no immediate comment on the latest bombing, which also left four others wounded, according to the Palestinian sources. The military, on its website, said the airstrikes that started Friday are a response to more than 130 rocket attacks from Gaza into Israel. Israel, on Sunday, closed schools in the southern part of the country as precaution. On Saturday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on international leaders to bring a stop to the attacks. However, Hamas' armed wing threatened Israel over the attacks. Israel "will pay the price" for its actions in Gaza, said Abu Obaida, spokesman for the Izzedine al Qassam Brigade of Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Palestinian territory of Gaza. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton urged both sides to "avoid further escalation" and "re-establish calm." "I very much deplore the loss of civilian life," she said in a Saturday statement.

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