The Latest: Gaza woman killed alongside niece, not daughter

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israeli-Palestinian violence in Gaza (all times local):

1:40 p.m.

The family of a pregnant Palestinian woman killed by fighting in Gaza over the weekend alongside a 14-month-old girl says the woman was the girl’s aunt, not her mother as earlier announced.

Gaza health officials initially identified the woman, Falistin Abu Arar, 37, as the girl’s mother. But members of the family clarified the relationship on Sunday.

Palestinian officials say the two civilians were killed in an Israeli airstrike Saturday, while the Israeli army says it was not involved in the incident. It says the pair were killed by a misfired Palestinian rocket. The conflicting accounts could not immediately be reconciled.

Gaza militants have fired more than 400 rockets at Israel, killing one Israeli man, in one of the most intense flareups in years. Israel says it has struck back against some 220 targets, killing eight militants.

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11:40 a.m.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Gaza’s Hamas rulers are paying a “heavy price” for the rocket attacks against Israel.

At the start of his weekly Cabinet meeting Sunday, Netanyahu said Hamas is not only responsible for its own militant actions but also those of the Islamic Jihad group, which operates in the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu says he has instructed the military to continue its large-scale airstrikes against militant sites in Gaza and has ordered armor, artillery and infantry reinforcements up to the besieged enclave’s perimeter.

Gaza militants have fired more than 400 rockets at Israel over the past day, killing one Israeli man, in one of the most intense flareups of violence in years. Israel says it has struck back against some 220 targets, killing eight militants. A pregnant Palestinian woman and her young daughter have also been killed in the fighting.

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9:50 a.m.

The Israeli military says an errant Palestinian rocket that misfired — not an Israeli airstrike — caused the death of a pregnant Palestinian mother and her 14-month-old girl in the Gaza Strip.

Military spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus on Sunday disputed the Gaza Health Ministry’s statement that an Israeli strike killed the Palestinian woman, 37, and her daughter, Seba Abu Arar, in their east Gaza City home the previous day.

Conricus says Israeli forces have killed eight militants amid strikes against some 220 targets in the Gaza Strip. He says these were all deemed “high-quality,” legitimate militant sites, including the homes of militants in which militant activity was taking place. He says he has no knowledge of civilians being harmed by Israeli fire.

In the new round of violence, militants in Gaza have fired over 400 rockets into southern Israel in the last 24 hours, killing one Israeli man, Moshe Agadi.

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8:50 a.m.

Israeli medical officials say an early morning rocket from Gaza has killed an Israeli man outside a home in the coastal city of Ashkelon.

After being struck by shrapnel Sunday, 58-year-old Moshe Agadi has died of his wounds, marking the first Israeli casualty from rocket fire since the 2014 war with Hamas militants.

Gaza militants have fired more than 400 rockets at Israel over the past day in one of the most intense flareups of violence in years, which broke a month-long lull.

Israel’s Iron Dome defense system intercepted dozens of the projectiles but four Israelis were wounded, including an elderly man who’s in a critical condition.

Israel has retaliated with dozens of airstrikes against militant sites in Gaza. Six Palestinians, including a pregnant mother and her baby, were killed.

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