Israel’s neglected prime minister says at least 42 people, including 10 children, have been killed as Palestinians in the enclave have suffered the worst day.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that despite the efforts of international ceasefire and ceasefire brokers, deadly bombings in the Gaza Strip will continue.
In a televised speech on Sunday, Netanyahu said Israeli airstrikes were continuing with “full force” and would “take time”, adding that his country wanted “a heavy price” from Hamas rulers in Gaza.
Gaza health authorities say Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City have flattened three buildings and killed at least 42 people, Gaza health authorities say.
The violence has been described as the worst since the devastating war in Gaza in 2014.
The airstrikes hit a busy downtown street of residential buildings and storefronts just five minutes after midnight, destroying two adjacent buildings and about 50 meters down the street.
At one point a rescuer yells, “Can you hear me?” In a hole in the rubble. “Are you all right?” Minutes later, first responders dragged a survivor out and carried him on an orange stretcher.
Gaza’s health ministry said 11 of the dead were women and 10 children, more than 50 were injured and rescue efforts were ongoing.
Earlier, the Israeli military said it had destroyed the home of Gaza’s top Hamas leader, Yahya Sinwar, in a separate operation in the southern Khan Khan Younis.
It was the third attack on the home of a senior Hamas leader who went underground in the past two days.
International mediators have worked to end the fighting as Israel has carried out airstrikes in recent days to do as much damage as possible to Hamas.