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Death toll in Gaza mounts to 576

(Xinhua) Updated: 2014-07-22 13:32

GAZA - Israel's large-scale military operation in the Gaza Strip has killed 576 Palestinians and injured around 3,600 others, Gaza Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qedra said on Tuesday.

Israel launched a series of airstrikes on 20 houses, facilities of a football club and open areas supposedly used for launching rockets at Israel in Gaza on early Tuesday, killing 15 Palestinians, al-Qedra said.

As of Tuesday, the death toll in Gaza has reached 576, including 154 children, 58 women and 28 old people, the spokesman said.

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On the Israeli side, one civilian and 25 soldiers -- more than twice as many as the fatalities in Israel's last Gaza ground war in 2009 -- have been killed in the tit-for-tat violence.

An Israeli soldier was also kidnapped Sunday by Hams militants during an ambush in Gaza City.

International efforts to broker a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip are in process, but the warring sides had no intention to come to an agreement.

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