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Gaza's deadliest day

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 01:54

Dozens of people have been killed in the single deadliest day since the start of Israel's Gaza offensive. Paul Chapman reports.

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The single deadliest day in Israel's Gaza offensive came on Sunday. Israeli forces shelled the Gaza neighbourhood on Shejaia where they said militants had been been firing rockets. About 100 Palestinians were killed. Thirteen Israeli soldiers also died. Army sources said seven were in an armoured vehicle hit by anti-tank fire. United nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is condemning the bloodshed. (SOUNDBITE)(English) BANK KI-MOON, UN SECRETARY-GENERAL, SAYING: "I condemn this atrocious action. Israel must exercise maximum restraint and do far more to protect civilians." Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has declared three days of mourning for what he's calling a massacre and demanded international action. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) MAHMOUD ABBAS, PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT, SAYING: "The U.N Security Council's failure to take a decision to stop the aggression and massacres of our Palestinian people doesn't free it from its responsibilities according to international law. I call on the council to hold another emergency meeting today to fulfil its duties in protecting Palestinians." Clashes erupted in the West Bank between Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers during protests against the Israeli offensive in Gaza. Israeli troops fired tear gas as the protesters in Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah hurled objects including petrol bombs. On the same in central London thousands gathered outside the Israeli embassy to show their support for Israel's actions in Gaza. The rally came a day after thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched to the same spot demanding an end to the bombing.

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Gaza's deadliest day

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 01:54