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News number: 8710170516

18:11 | 2009-01-06

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29 Houses Hit in Fresh Israeli Airstrikes

TEHRAN (FNA)- Hamas said fresh Israeli airstrikes targeted 29 houses in the Gaza Strip, adding that Palestinian fighters killed four more Israeli troops.



On Tuesday, the Israel air forces raided 28 civilian houses and bombarded a shopping center in Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.

The house of the spokesman for Hamas military wing, Qassam Brigades, was bombed in Rafah.

According to press tv, There has been no immediate report of casualties.

Hamas said that at least four other Israeli soldiers were killed by Palestinian resistance fighters, taking the number of Israeli soldiers killed and wounded on Tuesday to over 44 soldiers.

The United Nations on Monday warned of an 'increasingly alarming' humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

UN humanitarian chief John Holmes said he believes as many as 25 percent of the Palestinian death toll-now sanding at around 2,720-- are civilians, expressing concerns over the increasingly precarious health system in Gaza.

Lack of clean water, power, food, medicine and other supplies aggravates the humanitarian situation for Gazans, who have been under Israel's 11 days of nonstop airstrikes. Israeli ground forces continue advancing into the impoverished strip home to 1.5 million Palestinians.

Israel's officials have denied any humanitarian crisis for the Palestinians living in the territory.

The Gaza Strip has been under a tight Israeli blockade since June 2007.