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The health minister in the deposed government of Hamas Bassem Na'eem said on Monday that medical situation in Gaza Strip that his government rules, is deteriorating due to Israeli strikes.

Israel has been carrying out since Saturday mourning unprecedented intensive airstrikes on hundreds of targets belonging to Hamas movement in Gaza Strip.

Na'eem told a news conference in Gaza that 105 various kinds of medicines and drugs had run out and 220 medical equipment are not working and need to be fixed, adding that "Israel is not allowing repairing tools to fix them.

Hospitals in Gaza, mainly Shifa Hospital in city center, were not able to receive the bodies of 313 who were killed in the Israeli strikes and treat around 1,400 people were injured.

Na'eem said that the number of dead Palestinians is dramatically growing up, adding that 313 were killed, 10 percent of them are children and women, and 35 percent of the wounded are women and children.

Overnight, a mother and her four daughters were killed in Jabalia refugee camp after Israeli warplanes struck a mosque and a metal workshop in the area. Paramedics said the five female civilians were found dead under the rubbles.

The Israeli air force intensified its strikes overnight and on Monday morning, said Hamas security sources, adding that the warplanes targeted mosques, houses, metal workshops and more security buildings.

Meanwhile, al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas armed wing said in a leaflet that its militants launched several Russian-Made Grad rockets at the costal Israeli town of Ashkelon, 20 km from Gaza Strip.

Israeli radio reported that one Israeli citizen was killed and several people were injured after the rocket hit a building in the outskirts of Ashkelon. Hamas said its attacks on Israel won't stop "as long as the Zionist aggression is going on."

(Xinhua News Agency December 29, 2008)

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