Gaza Strip: Israel’s airstrikes on the Gaza Strip have killed more than 42 people. The UN Security Council is preparing to cause global panic in the escalating attacks, killing 188.
Gaza health officials said 16 women and 10 children were killed in the airstrike, and the airstrike also targeted the Hamas leader’s residence.
Israel said Sunday morning that in the past 24 hours, its “sustained wave of strikes” has hit more than 90 targets in the Gaza Strip, where a house organized by the news media was damaged, sparking fierce protests from the international community.
In Gaza, when family members were crying in fear and grief, the rescue team worked hard to retrieve the bodies from the huge smoking rubble and collapsed buildings.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was “dismayed” by civilian casualties in Gaza and “deeply disturbed” by Israel’s strike on Saturday on the tower housing the Associated Press and Al Jazeera bureaus, a spokesperson said.
Israel’s army said Sunday that about 3,000 rockets had been fired from the coastal strip controlled by Hamas towards Israel, “of which approximately 450 failed launches fell in the Gaza Strip”.
The IDF said it has targeted Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s infrastructure, including about 100 attacks on the massive tunnel system, as well as on weapon factories and storage sites.
The military said Israeli airstrikes also attacked the residence of Yahya Sinwar, the head of Hamas’ political faction in the Gaza Strip, and released a video showing smoke and serious injuries, but did not say whether he was killed.
At least 52 children were killed in Gaza, 1,225 were injured and entire buildings and city blocks were reduced to rubble.
10 members of a large family were killed in a strike in Gaza.
Muhammad Hadidi, one of the sad fathers, said the children “are not carrying weapons or launching missiles”.
The United Nations says about 10,000 Gazans have fled their homes near the Israeli border for fear of ground offensives.
“They are sheltering in schools, mosques and other places during a global COVID-19 pandemic with limited access to water, food, hygiene and health services,” UN humanitarian official Lynn Hastings said.
Balls of flame and a cloud of debris shot into the sky Saturday afternoon as Israel’s air force flattened the 13-floor Gaza building housing Qatar-based Al Jazeera and the Associated Press news agency, after giving a warning to evacuate.
Al Jazeera’s Jerusalem bureau chief, Walid al-Omari, told AFP: “It is clear that those who are waging this war do not only want to spread destruction and death in Gaza, but also to silence media that are witnessing, documenting and reporting the truth.”
AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said he was “shocked and horrified” by the attack.
AFP Chairman Fabrice Fries said the agency “stands in solidarity with all the media whose offices were destroyed in Gaza” and called on all parties “to respect the media´s freedom to report on events”.