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Israel hits Gaza every three minutes, says rights network

Israeli forces have fired 2,161 missiles since launching Operation Protective Edge

Israel is launching attacks on Gaza at a rate of one every three minutes, human rights campaigners have claimed.

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network said on Saturday that Israel has fired 2,061 missiles since strikes began on July 7. Of these 1,402 were aerial attacks, 330 from artillery ground forces and 329 from naval vessels.

"The attacks are aimed at women and children as well as areas where civilians live," the network said in a statement. The group called on Israel to halt the offensive against civilians.

The Israeli military said it has hit 1,160 targets in Gaza since it launched Operation Protective Edge, while Palestinian militants had fired 689 rockets into Israel.

A statement from the Israeli Defense Force said Hamas fired more than 689 rockets in four days – approximately one rocket every 10 minutes.

The military operation aims to stop rocket launches from Gaza, claims Israel, but many observers suggest the attacks are punitive and designed to reduce the Hamas' military capability. Since the offensive began, 121 Palestinians have been killed. So far, no Israelis have died as a result of rocket attacks.

Report by Anadolu Agency


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