Palestinian medics from Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital react while body bags with the remain of ten children arrive on July 21, 2014 after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City killed 11 people, including five children. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI
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According to a Reuters tally, at least 18 families in the Palestinian enclave have lost four or more members.When Israeli shells rained down nearly nonstop in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Ayyad family cowered in their hallway too scared to escape the border town of Shejaia, once home to 100,000 and now a rubble-filled war zone.Relatives gathered at Gaza's main Shifa hospital where three family members were being treated for their injuries.Lerner said Hamas used civilians as human shields and had deliberately set up its command centers in built-up areas such as Shejaia, where the Israeli military says it has uncovered a vast tunnel network.Local medical staff say 72 Palestinians died, mostly civilians, as Israel battled militants Sunday. Twelve Israeli soldiers were killed in the assault, its largest loss of life in a single day since 2006 . For Tareq Abu Jamea, 40, of the southern city of Khan Younis, the distance between life and the instant death of 27 extended family members plus a visiting brother-in-law was just over a meter. This will be of little consolation for the Halaq family.
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