New attack on Gaza leaves one dead, 3 wounded

Wed, 07 Jan 2009 03:30:22 GMT -- Israel has killed one Palestinian and wounded three others as fierce clashes continue in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli strikes on three UN-run schools on Tuesday killed at least 48 people and pushed the Palestinian death toll above 660, including 215 children and 98 women.

Witnesses reported heavy exchanges of fire between Israeli troops and Palestinians in the north of the Gaza Strip in the early hours of Wednesday.

According to AFP, clashes were continuing in Zeitun and there were reports of air strikes on the southern cities of Khan Yunis and Rafah.

Heavy fighting had raged in Gaza City and around nearby Deir al-Balah and Bureij on Tuesday. One air raid on Gaza City killed 12 people, including seven children from the same family.

Tanks with helicopter gunship support rolled into Khan Yunis before dawn, to be met with return fire from Hamas and its allies, witnesses said.

Hamas has announced that 21 Israeli soldiers have been killed and dozens more wounded during the 12-day conflict. (DB/HGL @PRESS TV)

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