Israel has continued its bombardment of Gaza after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hamas would pay “a heavy price” for the death of a four year old Israeli boy killed by a mortar attack on Friday.
Five Palestinians including two children were killed after a strike on a house in central Gaza and at least seven more Palestinians were killed in other strikes east of Gaza city.
In Gaza City, Israeli missiles destroyed a 12-story apartment block, collapsing the entire building and wounding more than 20 people, half of them children.
The Israeli military said they were targeting a Hamas operations room in the building.
Salah Abu Samhadana, who owned the building said: “We were informed about half an hour before the shelling took place. This tower has 11 floors and 32 families were living there. The minute we evacuated, the place was hit by a warning rocket and immediately after the fighter jets fired two rockets. The building collapsed completely, all families are now in the streets. God help us all.”
Palestinian health officials say more than 2,000 people, most of them civilians, have been killed since the beginning of July when Israel launched its offensive.