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8 Palestinian merchants killed by Israeli army in Gaza

8 Palestinian merchants killed by Israeli army in Gaza

Gaza, June 18 (UNI) At least eight Palestinian merchants were killed in an Israeli attack as they were waiting for commercial trucks along a road in the Gaza Strip, according to sources from the health authorities in Gaza.
None of the official Palestinian sources has provided further details. So far, the Israeli army has not commented on the matter.
As of Monday, the Palestinian death toll from the ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip has risen to 37,347, with 85,372 injuries, the Hamas-run health authorities in Gaza said.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said in a statement on Monday that its operations continued in the central and southern Gaza Strip.
"IDF troops are continuing intelligence-based, targeted operations in the area of Rafah. IDF troops located numerous weapons and struck a number of structures rigged with explosives that posed a threat to the forces," it said.
"Over the past day, the troops eliminated armed terrorists in close-quarters combat. In addition, a number of military structures posing a threat to the troops and used by Hamas ... were destroyed," it added.
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