Middle East

Death toll rises to 40 killed by Israeli fire in Gaza's Shejaiya

Palestinian children sit in the trunk of a vehicle as they flee their homes in Gaza's eastern Shejaiya district on July 20, 2014, after heavy Israeli shelling that left casualties lying in the streets, an AFP correspondent reported. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX

GAZA CITY: At least 40 people were killed and nearly 400 wounded in Israeli shelling of Gaza's northeastern Shejaiya district overnight, medics said Sunday.

Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said 40 bodies had been retrieved from the neighbourhood, and at least 380 people had been wounded in shelling that was still continuing.

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