On 18 August, Israeli aircraft attacked a Palestinian house in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah, killing six persons including at two-year-old child.
Also on 18 August, Israel declared new Gaza offensive was underway.
Until 4 pm on Friday, 19 August, the IOF launched 13 airstrikes on various targets throughout Gaza; killing two persons including a child (one died from wound sustained last week). The death toll increased to nine since Thursday evening. Two of the nine were children. 35 persons were injured, including six children and a woman. Six houses, five governmental facilities, six NGO and public facilities, and a waste-water pumping station were damaged in these attacks. Electricity networks were severely damaged in particular in the An-Nuseirat refugee camp in Middle Gaza district.
Between 4 pm on Friday 19 August 2011 and 2 pm on Saturday 20 August 2011, the IOF launched another 13 airstrikes and artillery attacks on various targets on the Gaza Strip. As a result of these attacks, six persons were killed, including two children. The death toll increased again to 15, including three children. About 44 persons, including eight children and two women, were injured since Thursday.
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