“An Israeli tank round killed a Palestinian in an eastern neighborhood of Gaza City early Saturday,” AFP quoted medics as saying.

The medics added that another Palestinian was also injured by the Israeli tank fire.

Both the European Union and the United Nations called on Israel to halt its deadly strikes against Palestinians as Israeli fighter jets and tanks hammered the besieged coastal strip during the past days.

The Saturday death brings to 19 the number of people killed in Gaza in the past 24 hours — the deadliest attacks in the territory since Israeli-imposed war on Gaza that ended in January 2009.

The devastating 22-day assault, code-named Operation Cast Lead, killed more than 1,400 Palestinians and inflicted a damage of $1.6 billion on the region’s already-stagnant economy.

Israel has stepped up airstrikes and ground incursions into Gaza over the past weeks. Many Palestinians have lost their lives in the attacks.

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