Death toll rises as Israeli army pounds Gaza

Palestinians look through the rubble of a 12-storey apartment building that collapsed, after it was hit by an Israeli air strike, the day before in Gaza City on August 24, 2014.

Palestinians look through the rubble of a 12-storey apartment building that collapsed, after it was hit by an Israeli air strike, the day before in Gaza City on August 24, 2014.

An Israeli air raid in Gaza left two Palestinians dead overnight Sunday to Monday, taking the number of killed Palestinians in the seven-week conflict to 2,122, Palestinian sources said.

A spokeswoman for the Israeli army said warplanes had carried out 16 raids. No rockets have been fired at Israeli territory from the Gaza Strip since 2100 GMT Sunday.

Two mosques at Beit Hanoun, in the north of the Strip, and in Gaza City were destroyed in the raids, witnesses said.

Israel’s offensive began with the stated aim of stamping out rocket attacks from Gaza and was later expanded to include the destruction of Hamas tunnels used for cross-border attacks inside Israel.

“Operation Protective Edge will continue until its aims are achieved… it may take time,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday of the offensive launched on July 8.

 
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