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Gaza mortar fire kills child in southern Israel

world Updated: Aug 22, 2014 21:36 IST

An Israeli child was killed by mortar fire from Gaza on Friday, the army said, bringing the number of civilians killed in Israel during the 46-day conflict with Hamas to four.

"A short while ago, a mortar hit near a kindergarten in the Sdot Negev regional council, killing an Israeli child," a statement from the army read.

Earlier in the day, Israeli air strikes killed five Palestinians in the centre of the Gaza Strip, two in Deir al-Balah and three in Nusseirat, the local emergency services said.

One strike in Nusseirat hit a house, killing two men aged 24 and 22, while in Deir al-Balah it landed in open farmland, Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP.

A drone strike later targeted a 45-year-old man in Nusseirat who died of his injuries in hospital shortly afterwards, Qudra's office said.

The identities of those killed in Deir al-Balah were not immediately clear.

Hostilities in the six-week war between Israel and Hamas resumed on Tuesday as Egyptian-brokered truce talks collapsed.

The Palestinian emergency services say 76 people have died in Gaza since then. Four people in Israel have sustained shrapnel injuries as a result of Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel on Friday.

At least 2,092 Palestinians have been killed since July 8, of whom the United Nations has identified 70% as civilians, and 67 people have died on the Israeli side, all but three of them soldiers.

UNICEF said Friday that at least 15 Palestinian children had been killed in Gaza in the last 48 hours, bringing to at least 478 the number of Palestinian children reported killed since the war began.