Families plead for evacuation amid battle in Gaza

GAZA, (SANA): Dozens of Palestinian families trapped in the clash, are scrambling to flee a southern Gaza neighborhood as Israel reported that two more of its soldiers have died in the conflict.

The Palestinian Red Crescent says it’s trying to evacuate about 250 people from near Khan Younis, which has been under Israeli tank shelling and drones strikes since early Wednesday.

As the fighting near Khan Younis rages, the Israeli military says two more of its soldiers have been killed, raising the military’s death toll to 29. That doesn’t include one Israeli soldier whose remains have not yet been found.

The circumstances of the latest military casualties were not immediately clear. The fighting has killed at least 630 Palestinians.

Earlier, a police spokesman said that Israeli aircraft had hit more than 70 targets in Gaza, including the home of the late leader of Hamas’ military wing, five mosques and a football stadium.

Ayman Batniji had said that tank shells damaged several houses along the eastern border of the territory early Tuesday and at least 19 fishing boats had been burned by navy shells fired from the Mediterranean.

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State John Kerry met in Cairo in a new attempt to broker a cease-fire. Prospects are slim because wide gaps remain.
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