Israeli Airstrikes Demolishes 3 Buildings, Killed 26 – Deadliest Attack Since The Heavy Conflict Began Last Week

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Israeli Airstrikes demolished three buildings in Gaza and killed at least 26 people, according to Fox News.

Reports stated that 10 women and eight children were among those killed.

In total 50 people wounded in the attack

A rescuer shouted into the rubble saying “Can you hear me? Are you OK?”

The Israeli military said it destroyed the home of Gaza’s top Hamas leader, Yahiyeh Sinwar.

Israel appears to have stepped up strikes in recent days to inflict as much damage as possible on Hamas as international mediators try

During the conflict, a total of at least 181 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, including 52 children and 31 women, with 1,225 wounded.

Israel sustained 8 deaths including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier.

“The campaign will continue as long as it is required,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

From Fox News:

An Egyptian diplomat said Israel’s targeting of Hamas political leaders would complicate cease-fire efforts. The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the closed-door negotiations, said Cairo is working to broker an end to the fighting. A U.S. diplomat has also been dispatched to the region and the U.N. Security Council is set to meet Sunday.

The Egyptian diplomat said the destruction of Hamas’ rocket capabilities would require a ground invasion that would “inflame the whole region.” Egypt, which made peace with Israel decades ago, has threatened to “suspend” cooperation in various fields, the official said, without elaborating.

Hamas and other militant groups have fired some 2,900 rockets into Israel. The military said 450 of the rockets had fallen short or misfired, while Israeli air defenses intercepted 1,150.

The interception rate appeared to have significantly dropped since the start of the conflict, when Israel said 90% were intercepted. The military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Israel has meanwhile carried out hundreds of airstrikes across impoverished Gaza, which is home to more than 2 million Palestinians and has been under an Israeli and Egyptian blockade since Hamas seized power from rival Palestinian forces in 2007.

Israel has leveled a number of Gaza City’s tallest office and residential buildings, alleging they contain Hamas military infrastructure. On Saturday, Israel bombed the 12-story al-Jalaa Building, where the office of The Associated Press was located. The building also housed the TV network Al-Jazeera and other media outlets, along with several floors of apartments.

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Israel routinely cites a Hamas presence as a reason for targeting certain locations in airstrikes, including residential buildings. The military also has accused the militant group of using journalists as human shields, but provided no evidence to back up the claims.

The AP has operated from the building for 15 years, including through three previous wars between Israel and Hamas. During those conflicts as well as the current one, the news agency’s cameras from its top floor office and roof terrace offered 24-hour live shots as militants’ rockets arched toward Israel and Israeli airstrikes hammered the city and its surroundings.