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Saturday, July 26

Israel violates ceasefire by shooting Palestinian; agrees to extend ‘ceasefire’ until Sunday
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Naim Abdul Aziz Abu Zaher, 36, was shot to death by Israeli forces east of Deir al-Balah around 9 pm Saturday, two hours before the ‘temporary ceasefire’ was scheduled to end. Two other Palestinians died of their wounds early Sunday morning.

Celine Hagbard - IMEMC 

Soon after the shooting of Abu Zaher, Israeli authorities announced an extension of the ‘temporary ceasefire’ until Sunday morning at 7 am.

Also, just after midnight, in the early hours of Sunday July 27th, Ikram ash-Shimbari, 23, died of serious wounds she suffered when the army bombarded homes east of Gaza City several days ago.

Yusef Jamil Sobhi Hammouda, 16, also died of injuries sustained two days ago. He had been in the intensive care unit at Shifa Medical Center in Gaza City.

Israeli forces on Saturday released 20 wounded Palestinian civilians that they had abducted, and had been keeping in holding facilities. The wounded have been transferred to Kamal Adwan Hospital. They were released at Erez crossing, at the Gaza-Egypt border. All of the wounded residents were from Khan Younis, which has seen some of the heaviest casualties in the 18-days of Israeli aggression in Gaza.

All day Saturday, crews had been working to uncover bodies from the rubble of what had just last week been homes to thousands of people, mainly in the Shuja’eyya neighborhood of eastern Gaza City. On-the-ground eyewitnesses reported that Israeli forces targeted medics and rescue teams a number of times throughout the day, while they were searching for remains of Palestinians buried under rubble.

They were prevented from using any machinery to clear rubble, so they had to pull the cement and cinder blocks off the bodies by hand.

Palestinian medical sources report that a total of 147 bodies have been recovered from the rubble today and brought to morgues in various parts of Gaza which are already overflowing with bodies.

57 bodies were taken to Al-Shifa Hospital, the largest hospital in Gaza, locaed in western Gaza City. In Khan Younis, in southern Gaza, 27 bodies were brought to the Nasser Hospital, and 12 were brought to the Gaza European Hospital. In the central District of Gaza, 15 bodies were brought to the Al-Aqsa Hospital.

The bodies pulled from the rubble on Saturday are still awaiting identification. These victims will likely bring the current death toll of Palestinians killed in the past 18 days to over 1000.

The Ministry of Health has stated that a total of 1,049 Palestinians have been killed, and 6,000 injured since the Israeli offensive began on July 8th.

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