Israeli jets blast Gaza in heaviest attacks yet

Israel Palestine: Iron Dome intercepts rockets in Fox broadcast

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Explosions rocked Gaza City for 10 minutes yesterday morning as the Israeli Air Force targeted homes of “high-ranking commanders” of the ruling Hamas organisation. The military said air strikes also destroyed nine miles of Hamas tunnels. Roads, water, sanitation and hospitals have been damaged as Israel responds to militants’ rocket attacks on its cities.

Hussam Abu Harbeed, a top commander with the Islamic Jihad group, was reportedly killed yesterday.

The death toll in Gaza rose by two to 200, said officials. Riyad Eshkuntana lost his wife and three daughters.

He said: “My wife jumped, she hugged the girls to take them out from the room, then a second air strike hit the room.” Surviving daughter Suzy, six, was rescued after seven hours under debris.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: “Israel must make every effort to avoid civilian casualties and military activity must be proportionate.”

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Washington was working hard to halt the conflict.

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