While the ground offensive appears to be taking a new turn, Israeli warplanes reduced their number of air raids on Gaza last night.
On Sunday, Israel dropped leaflets on the Gaza Strip, warning residents of a wider offensive and urging them to stay away from areas used by Hamas fighters. Nevertheless, a Palestinian medical official said most of the victims were civilians, including four members of one family killed when a tank shell hit their home near Gaza City. Meanwhile, the Israeli army is continuing with its daily three-hour ceasefire to allow Gazans to stock on supplies. But that is all for show according to one Gaza resident: “This is all for the media but the truth is that the Jews don’t have time to stop the shooting or invading or killing, at any given moment they will go and kill… All this is just for the media,” he said. Israel has also come under unusually harsh criticism from aid agencies including the Red Cross which has slammed it for failing to assist the injured and for allegedly hindering them from doing their work.