Gaza:  At least 14 Palestinians were killed and 29 injured Friday in Israeli airstrikes, hours before the start of a 72-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.

According to medical sources, eight Palestinians were killed early Friday as Israeli warplanes targeted a house in the southern Gaza city of Khanyounis, Xinhua reported.

In the airstrike, 10 people were injured.

Six Palestinian civilians, including a child, were killed and 19 injured during airstrikes in eastern districts of Khanyounis, medics said.

The incidents came just hours before the start of a 72-hour ceasefire agreed by Israel and Hamas movement.

The UN-proposed truce is scheduled to start at 8 a.m.

Since Israel launched offensives on Gaza July 8, 1,464 Palestinians have been killed and more than 8,000 injured.

In the conflict, 56 Israelis, including 53 soldiers, were also killed.

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