Israel has continued its military offensive in Gaza. Rubble is now all that remains of the Palestinian Foreign Ministry which was hit early on Monday. The building had already been badly damaged in a previous air strike. The missile, launched from an F-16 fighter, also tore into nearby homes, shops and offices. At least nine Palestinians were injured, most of them children.
In all, at least 85 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza since June 25 in response to the capture of an Israeli soldier by militants, some of them from Hamas. Around half of those killed were militants. A separate Israeli strike in Gaza overnight gutted the offices of a Hamas-led security force in the Islamist stronghold of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip. There were no immediate reports of casualties. Two other Israeli strikes, meanwhile, killed five Palestinian gunmen and wounded 12 others in the towns of Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahiya, also in the northern Gaza Strip.