Hamas sites have been reduced to rubble as Israel relentlessly pursues its air raids. Broadening their targets to include the Islamists’ government in Gaza, Israeli warplanes left the Interior Ministry in ruins. The building had been evacuated and there were no reports of casualties.
As some Gazans inspected the damage, many others stayed at home, seeking shelter from the onslaught. Key buildings hit include a laboratory at the culturally significant Islamic University. Israel has accused Hamas of using the facilities to develop explosives and weapons. Witnesses said the office of the movement’s leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, was also hit.As the battered territory suffered its deadliest violence in decades, fresh reports emerged of civilian casualties. Among the funerals taking place today, a number of children were laid to rest. They include five young sisters whose family lived near a mosque in Jabalya that was pounded by Israeli aircraft. The killing has been described as a war crime by the girls’ grieving father.