Israel killed 318 Palestinians, mostly women and children, and wounded 746 during the three days of the Islamic festival of Eid Al-Fitr, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced yesterday.
The ministry's spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra said: "On the first day, the Israeli occupation killed 43 Palestinians and wounded 260, on the second day, the occupation killed 144 and wounded 26, while on the third day, the occupation killed 131 and wounded 460 others."
The total number of Palestinian fatalities to date is 1,674, while a further 7,500 have been injured, according to official ministry figures.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Housing and Public Work said 166 houses had been totally destroyed over the three day period and a further 1,281 had been partially destroyed. Bringing the total number of houses destroyed to 4,987.
The Euro-Mid Observer for Human Rights said that the Israeli occupation completely destroyed nine mosques during the holiday and destroyed 13 others partially.
The European human rights organisation said that the Israeli occupation hit 26,811 shells and rockets at Palestinian targets in the Gaza Strip. Approximately 1,664 rockets were launched by Israeli warplanes, 6,258 shells were launched by warships and 18,889 were launched by tanks.