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Israeli airstrike on house kills pregnant woman, baby girl: Gaza

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An Israeli airstrike on a house in central Gaza Strip early Thursday killed a pregnant mother and her baby girl while wounding the father, Gaza's Health Ministry said.

Ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qedra said in a statement that the 23-year-old woman was pregnant in her ninth month and her daughter was one and a half years old.

Al-Qedra said the 27-year-old husband, Mohamed Khamash, was moderately injured in the Israeli war jet attack on their house in the town of Deir el-Ballah.

Earlier on Wednesday night, 30-year-old Hamas armed wing member Ali al-Ghandour was killed in an Israeli airstrike on his car when driving in northern Gaza city. Al-Qedra confirmed his death, adding that eight more civilians were injured in the Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

Gaza Hamas-led militants fired more than 100 rockets and projectiles from the Gaza Strip into Israel, while Israeli war jets carried out dozens of airstrikes on military posts and facilities that belong to Islamic Hamas movement and the Islamic Jihad.

Israeli media reported that more than nine Israelis injured and dozens were treated for mental-trauma after dozens of rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel.

Hamas sources said the current efforts by international parties towards a cease-fire deal between Hamas and Israel have so far failed to end the hostilities between them.

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