Update: 24 Palestinians killed in Israeli air raids on Gaza

A Palestinian woman reacts outside a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip [Mohamed Abed/AFP]
A Palestinian woman reacts outside a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip

At least 24 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli air raids on the besieged Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian health ministry, after Hamas launched rockets from the coastal territory towards Israel.

Israeli forces continued to bombard the territory well into Tuesday morning, targeting sites in Khan Younis, al-Bureij refugee camp, and al-Zaitoun neighbourhood.

At least three civilians were killed at dawn, after an Israeli warplane targeted a house in al-Shati’ refugee camp.

A spokesman for the civil defense in Gaza, Raed al-Dahshan, told Al Jazeera that among the three was a woman and a disabled man.

The Gaza health ministry said the death toll from the Israeli attacks has risen to 24 people, including nine children.  At least 106 others were wounded.

Most of the children belonged to the same extended family. Two siblings, 11-year-old Ibrahim and seven-year-old Marwan, were the only children of Yousef al-Masri.

The children were playing outside their homes before the Ramadan iftar meal in Beit Hanoun, in the northern Gaza Strip, before two explosions rocked the street.

On Monday, schoolteacher Eman Basher paid tribute to Rahaf al-Masri, a 10-year-old girl killed in the attacks.

Earlier Hamas, the ruling entity in Gaza, fired dozens of rockets into Israel, including a barrage that set off air raid sirens as far away as Jerusalem, after hundreds of Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces which stormed the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem.

Hamas had given Israel an ultimatum that it stand down forces from Al Aqsa, the third holiest site in Islam which is also revered by Jews.

Tensions in Jerusalem have been fuelled by the planned forced expulsions of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood and by an Israeli forces raid on Al Aqsa on one of the holiest nights of Ramadan.

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