AFP correspondents reported Friday that Israeli strikes had hit the southern cities of Khan Younis and Rafah in addition to components of central Gaza.
The Israeli military mentioned its forces had “struck over 100 targets” throughout Gaza over the earlier 24 hours, together with army positions, rocket launch websites and weapons depots.
The well being ministry within the Hamas-run territory mentioned it had recorded 162 deaths over the identical interval.
A fighter jet bombed the central space of Bureij in a single day, killing “an armed terrorist cell”, the military mentioned, after what it described as an tried assault on an Israeli tank.
And quite a few Palestinian militants had been killed in clashes in Khan Younis, a metropolis that has turn into a serious battleground, the military mentioned.
Troops additionally uncovered tunnels below the Blue Seaside Lodge in northern Gaza which had been used “by terrorists as shelter from the place they deliberate and executed assaults”, in keeping with the military.
AFPTV footage on Friday confirmed complete households, looking for security from the violence, arriving in Rafah in overloaded automobiles and on foot, pushing handcarts stacked with possessions.
“We fled Jabalia camp to Maan (in Khan Younis) and now we’re fleeing from Maan to Rafah,” mentioned one girl who declined to present her title. “(We’ve got) no water, no electrical energy and no meals.”
The Palestinian Purple Crescent reported renewed shelling and drone fireplace within the space round Al-Amal hospital in Khan Younis after seven displaced individuals, together with a five-day-old child, had been killed whereas sheltering within the compound.
“We face a humanitarian disaster because of the unfold of epidemics, with the hospital overcrowded with displaced individuals,” mentioned a spokesman for Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in central Gaza.