artillery assaults on the Gaza Strip Monday for the 14th day,
killing multiple members of three extended families as the
death toll tops 500.
The latest strikes in Gaza City killed five members of the al-
Yaziji family, including Yasmin Nayif al-Yaziji, Mayar Nayif al-
Yaziji, two, Wajdi al-Yaziji, Safinaz al-Yaziji, and Anas al-
In Khan Younis, Karam Ibrahim Atiyeh Barham, 25, Nidal Ali
Abu Daqqa, 26, Nidal Jumaa Asi, 43, and Muhammad
Mahmoud al-Mughrabi, 24, were killed in an airstrike, and
Mahran Kamil Jundiya, Majdi Mahmoud al-Yaziji, 56, and
Samih al-Ghalban were killed in eastern Gaza City.
Three others were killed in ongoing fighting in the besieged
Shujaiyeh neighborhood of Gaza City.
Earlier, an Israeli airstrike killed 11 members of the Siyam
family in Rafah, including an eight-month old baby and two
Sumud Nasser Siyam, 26, Muhammad Mahrous Salam
Siyam, 25, Badir Nabil Mahrous Siyam, 25, Ahmad Ayman
Mahrous Siyam, 17, Mustafa Nabil Mahrous Siyam, 12,
Ghayda Nabil Mahrous Siyam, 8, Sherin Muhammad Salam
Siyam, 32, Dalal Nabil Mahrous Siyam, 8 months, and Kamal
Mahrous Salamah Siyam, 27, were pulled from the rubble.
In Khan Younis, at least 26 members of the Abu Jami family
were killed by Israeli shelling, after more bodies were pulled
from the rubble.
Earlier, medics identified 13 victims as Jawdat Tawfiq
Ahmad Abu Jami, 24, Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jami, 5, Hayfa
Tawfiq Ahmad Abu Jami, 9, Yasmin Ahmad Salamah Abu
Jami, 25, Suheila Bassam Abu Jami, Shahinaz Walid
Muhammad Abu Jami, one-year-old, Rayan Abu Jami, 9, an
elderly woman Fatima Abu Jami, Rozan Abu Jami, 14, and
Ahmad Salhoub, 34, a next door neighbor.
Bilal Abu Daqqa and Abdul-Rahman al-Qarra were killed in
an airstrike on the al-Mughrabi family home east of Khan
Younis, while the body of Mahmoud al-Nakhala was pulled
out from underneath rubble in Gaza City.
Two more bodies were pulled form the rubble in the
Shujaiyeh neighborhood, while one person was killed in al-
Nuseirat, fisherman Raed Bardawil in Rafah, Zakariya
Masoud al-Ashqar, 24, and Raed Issam Dawood, 33, in
Zaytoun, and Kamal Talal Hasan al-Masri, 22, in Beit
Gaza's emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said
many of the more than 150 Palestinians killed on Sunday --
the bloodiest day of fighting in Gaza in years -- were
women and children.
The Security Council held urgent talks on the conflict,
expressing "serious concern about the growing numbers of
"The members of the Security Council call for an immediate
cessation of hostilities," said Rwandan ambassador Eugene
Richard Gasana, whose country chairs the 15-member
Late Sunday, the armed wing of Hamas claimed it had
kidnapped an Israeli soldier, prompting celebrations in the
streets of Gaza City and West Bank towns.
"The Israeli soldier Shaul Aaron is in the hands of the
Qassam Brigades," a spokesman using the nom de guerre
Abu Obeida said in a televised address.
Israel's UN ambassador Ron Prosor denied a soldier had
been kidnapped, saying: "Those rumors are untrue."
However a spokeswoman for the Israeli military said they
were investigating the claim.
During the Security Council talks, Palestinian envoy Ryad
Mansour called for decisive steps to end the violence, and
voiced frustration with what he termed the world body's
failure to take a strong stand.
"The Council failed again and again to shoulder its
responsibility," Mansour told reporters.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon was also in Doha where he urged
Israel to "exercise maximum restraint".
"Too many innocent people are dying...(and) living in
constant fear," he told a news conference in Doha.
So far, ceasefire proposals have been rejected by Hamas
which has pressed on with its own attacks.
The Doctors Without Borders charity urged Israel to "stop
bombing civilians trapped in the Gaza Strip", noting the
majority of the injured arriving in the al-Shifa hospital were
women and children.