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Israeli Airstrikes Demolishes 3 Buildings, Killed 26 – Deadliest Attack Since The Heavy Conflict Began Last Week

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According to Fox News, Israeli air strikes demolished three buildings in Gaza, killing at least 26 people.

10 women and eight children were reportedly among those killed.

A total of 50 people were injured in the attack

A rescuer called into the rubble and said, “Can you hear me? Are you all right? ”

The Israeli military said it had destroyed the home of Yahiyeh Sinwar, the leading Hamas leader in the Gaza Strip.

Israel appears to have been on strike in the last few days to do as much damage to Hamas as possible, as international mediators are trying to do

At least 181 Palestinians, including 52 children and 31 women, were killed in Gaza during the conflict, and 1,225 were injured.

Israel suffered 8 deaths, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier.

“The campaign will continue as long as necessary,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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From Fox News:

An Egyptian diplomat said Israel’s targeting of Hamas political leaders would make ceasefire efforts difficult. The diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the negotiations in camera, said Cairo was working to broker an end to the fighting. A US diplomat has also been dispatched to the region and the UN Security Council will meet on Sunday.

The Egyptian diplomat said destroying Hamas’ missile capabilities would require a ground invasion that would “ignite the entire region”. Egypt, which made peace with Israel decades ago, has threatened to suspend cooperation in various areas, the official said without elaborating.

Hamas and other militant groups have fired around 2,900 rockets at Israel. The military said 450 of the missiles fell short or fired while Israeli air defenses intercepted 1,150.

The interception rate appeared to have dropped significantly since the conflict began, when Israel said 90% had been intercepted. The military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Israel has now carried out hundreds of air strikes in the impoverished Gaza Strip, home to more than 2 million Palestinians. Since Hamas took power from rival Palestinian forces in 2007, it has been under an Israeli and Egyptian blockade.

Israel has leveled a number of the tallest office and residential buildings in Gaza City, claiming they contain Hamas’ military infrastructure. On Saturday, Israel bombed the 12-story al-Jalaa building that housed The Associated Press office. The building also housed the Al-Jazeera television station and other media, as well as several floors of apartments.

Israel routinely cites a Hamas presence as the reason for targeting specific locations in air strikes, including residential buildings. The military has also accused the militant group of using journalists as human shields but failed to provide evidence to support the allegations.

The AP has been in the building for 15 years, including in three previous wars between Israel and Hamas. During this and current conflicts, the news agency’s cameras provided 24-hour live footage from their top floor office and rooftop as the militants’ rockets aimed at Israel and Israeli air strikes pounded the city and its surroundings.

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