Gaza City: Military doctors in the Palestinian enclave said that ten members of a large family were killed in an air strike on the western Gaza Strip in Israel’s Gaza Strip early on Saturday morning.
Medical sources said that eight children and two women were killed when a three-story building in the Shati refugee camp collapsed after the Israeli strike.
Since the air strikes began on Monday, Israeli warplanes have attacked multiple targets in Gaza.
Speaking outside Shifa hospital in Gaza City, the father of four of the children, Muhammad al-Hadidi, said he wanted “the unjust world to see these crimes”.
“They were safe in their homes, they did not carry weapons, they did not fire rockets,” he said of his children, who were killed “wearing their clothes for Eid-ul-Fitr”, the holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
Both Hadidi and Mohammad Abu Hattab, his brother-in-law and host, were away from Hattab’s home when it collapsed. The Abu Hattabs’ five-month-old baby also survived.
A spokesperson for the Hamas Group in Gaza declared that the deadly airstrike “is itself a war crime.”
Tor Wennesland, the UN Middle East envoy, said he was “appalled” by the Shati devastation, noting that 40 Gazan and two Israeli children had been killed in recent days.
“Children continue to be victims of this deadly escalation. I reiterate that children must not be the target of violence or put in harm’s way,” he wrote on Twitter. “The hostilities must stop now!”
The death toll in Gaza since Monday stands at 139, at least 39 of them children.
At least 950 people have been wounded; some estimates report the number to have crossed 1,000.
On Monday, in response to the bloody action taken by the Israeli police at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in annexed East Jerusalem, Hamas fired rockets at Jerusalem and Israel carried out air strikes.
The Israeli air strikes also included media offices, which are increasingly viewed as an attempt to restrict coverage into the Gaza Strip.
Hamas fired 2,300 rockets at Israel during the defense, killing 10 people, including two children and a soldier, and wounding more than 630 people.