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Gaza Strip Ruins

In Pictures: Destruction in Khan Younis after Israeli operation

Israeli forces kill seven Palestinians in clandestine raid targeting a Hamas commander and subsequent air attacks.

Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Sunday in air attacks and an undercover raid that Hamas, which governs the besieged enclave, said targeted one of its commanders.

Medics and Hamas officials said at least seven people were killed, including Hamas commander Nour Baraka.

The attack prompted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cut short a visit to Paris, where he had gathered with world leaders for a World War I commemoration.

According to witnesses, Israeli aircraft fired more than 40 missiles in the area.

The Israeli military said one of its officers died during the operation that is likely to boost tensions.

Since 2008, Israel has launched three major assaults on Gaza that have heavily damaged the Strip’s infrastructure and sources of livelihood.

The enclave with nearly two million people has been under an air and sea blocakde imposed by Israel since 2007.

The scene of Israeli air attack in Khan Younis. Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians in the besieged enclave in a clandestine raid targeting a Hamas commander. [Suhaib Salem/Reuters]

The scene of Israeli air attack in Khan Younis. Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians in the besieged enclave in a clandestine raid targeting a Hamas commander. SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS
Among those reported killed in the attack was Nour Baraka, a prominent commander of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas. [Suhaib Salem/Reuters]

Among those reported killed in the attack was Nour Baraka, a prominent commander of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas. SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS
Since 2008, Israel has launched three major assaults on Gaza that have heavily damaged the Strip's infrastructure and sources of livelihood. And recent months of unrest have raised fears of a fourth. [Suhaib Salem/Reuters]

Since 2008, Israel has launched three major assaults on Gaza that have heavily damaged the Strip’s infrastructure and sources of livelihood. And recent months of unrest have raised fears of a fourth. SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS
Witnesses said during the chase Israeli aircraft fired more than 40 missiles killing at least four other people. [Suhaib Salem/Reuters]

Witnesses said during the chase Israeli aircraft fired more than 40 missiles killing at least four other people. SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS
Palestinians stand on the ruins of a building  destroyed in an Israeli air attack in Khan Younis. [Suhaib Salem/Reuters]

Palestinians stand on the ruins of a building destroyed in an Israeli air attack in Khan Younis. SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut short his visit to France to deal with the crisis. [Suhaib Salem/Reuters]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cut short his visit to France to deal with the crisis. SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS
An Israeli soldier was killed in an exchange of fire during the operation, the army said. [Suhaib Salem/Reuters]

An Israeli soldier was killed in an exchange of fire during the operation, the army said. SUHAIB SALEM/REUTERS
Bodies of Palestinians who were killed on Sunday were brought to a hospital in Khan Younis. [Abed Zagout/Anadolu Agency]

Bodies of Palestinians who were killed on Sunday were brought to a hospital in Khan Younis. ABED ZAGOUT/ANADOLU AGENCY

SOURCE: AL – JAZEERA NEWS NETWORKS}

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