Israel Kills Twenty Palestinians

Israel killed seven more Palestinians on Saturday, October 14, bringing to twenty the number of Palestinians killed in 24 hours since the Israeli troops pressed their bloody incursion into southern Gaza a day earlier.

Israel Kills Twenty Palestinians

Israeli forces killed seven Palestinian who were sleeping at home in the northern Gazza on Saturday, Palestinian security sources said. Security sources said seven Palestinian were killed, including four from Hamas when an Israeli rocket hit a house. At least 15 other Palestinians were injured. By this way, twenty Palestinian killed in 24 hours.

Three members of Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, were killed when their car was hit by an Israeli missile in the town of Beit Lahiya in northern Gaza, said a local medical source and witnesses, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Another five Palestinians were wounded in the Israeli strike, the source added.

Friday's death come a few hours after a 29-year-old woman was shot dead before dawn by Israeli soldiers in the Abassan area of the southern Gaza Strip, local medics said.

Another Palestinian died overnight from wounds suffered during an Israeli air strike in the same area on Thursday targeting a house belonging to a Hamas member.

Their deaths brought to ten the number of Palestinians, including three children and at least six people from the same family, killed by the Israeli military since troops mounted an incursion in southern Gaza early Thursday.

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The Israeli army has said its operation is being launched "against tunnels and other terror threats".

A military spokesman said troops opened fire on two gunmen approaching Israeli forces in southern Gaza. "I can confirm that one of them is dead," he said.

But when questioned about the death of a woman, the spokesman said only that the army had "heard such claims" and was "checking".

Israeli troops also launched two air strikes overnight against a house of a Hamas member.

Two Palestinian girls were killed and eight people wounded in the Israeli raids, said local medics.

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Witnesses said Ashraf Sirwana, a senior Ezzeddine al-Qassam member, escaped unscathed.

More than 270 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched a wide-scale offensive in Gaza on the pretext of seeking the release of a soldier captured by Palestinian groups to swap with Palestinian women and children in Israeli jails.

UN special envoy for human rights, John Dugard, has accused Israel of unleashing "collective punishment" against the Palestinian in Gaza.

Friday's latest deaths bring to 5,427 the number of people killed since the September 2000 outbreak of the Palestinian uprising, most of them Palestinians, according to an AFP count.

Palestinian State

"I ask Arab and Palestinian leaders to hold a summit to ask for a Palestinian state to be built," Meshaal said.

The bloody Israeli offensive in Gaza followed on the heels of Hamas politburo leader Khaled Meshaal's call for the setting up of a Palestinian state on the lands captured by Israel in 1967.

"I ask Arab and Palestinian leaders to hold a summit to ask for a Palestinian state to be built," Meshaal told Palestinian leaders during a meeting in the Syrian capital Damascus on Thursday.

"This state will be built on (the Palestinian territories occupied by Israel in 1967) and will include al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem)," he added.

"We can do it. Israel will not be able to scupper this project," said Meshaal who lives in Syria.

The Hamas supreme earlier accused Israel of refusing to free Palestinian prisoners in exchange for the release of a captured soldier.

"The idea is to free (Israeli soldier Gilad) Shalit and that Israel would then release detainees in a political context," Khaled Meshaal said in an interview with the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper.

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Meshaal said Hamas wants the release of 1,000 detainees including women and children and that Israel had "refused the principle of a exchange."

He also accused Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert of "hindering the agreement."

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