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190 Gaza housing units destroyed by Israel: Palestinian minister

190 Gaza housing units destroyed by Israel: Palestinian minister


An ongoing Israeli air offensive against the Gaza Strip has completely destroyed 190 housing units in the embattled coastal enclave and damaged hundreds of others, a Palestinian cabinet minister said Thursday.

"Some 190 housing units have been destroyed and 6300 others partially damaged by Israel's military operation in Gaza," Public Works Minister Mufeed al-Hassayna told Anadolu Agency.

For the last three days, Israeli warplanes have pounded the Gaza Strip as part of a military offensive – dubbed "Operation Protective Edge" – with the stated aim of ending rocket fire from Gaza.

At least 86 Gazans, mostly civilians, have been killed and hundreds injured since the operation began Monday night, according to Palestinian medical sources.

Gaza-based resistance factions, meanwhile, have continued to fire rockets into Israel – with no casualties reported thus far – in response to the unrelenting airstrikes.

By Mustafa Haboosh 

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