The military claims it hit the homes of Yehiyeh Sinwar, the top Hamas leader in Gaza, and his brother.
The IDF said it destroyed the house of the top Hamas leader in Gaza amid its bombing raid of the Palestinian enclave.
The attack targeted the homes of Yehiyeh Sinwar, the top Hamas leader in Gaza, and his brother Muhammad, another senior Hamas operative. A witness for the AFP news agency confirmed that Sinwar’s house was hit.
Israel bombed the home of Khalil al-Hayeh, a senior Hamas political wing official, on Saturday, claiming the building was part of the group’s “terrorist infrastructure”.
There was no immediate report if any of the targets had been killed. Hamas operatives have largely gone into hiding since the latest escalation, which began on Monday.
Addressing pro-Palestinian protesters in Doha, Qatar on Saturday night, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said the group would persist.
“The resistance will not give in and will always be on top of the mountain, carrying the sword and the shield for Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa, God willing,” he said. “This is Gaza under siege … 15 years under siege from all directions, this is Gaza today.”
The IDF said it also carried out strikes against Hamas tunnel systems.
Armed groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad admitted that 20 fighters had been killed since the fighting began, while Israel said the number was higher.
More than 170 Palestinians, including at least 47 children, have been killed in the Gaza Strip in seven days of Israeli attacks. In the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces killed at least 13 Palestinians.
Israel has reported 10 dead, including two children, thousands of missiles fired by Hamas, many of which were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system.
There was also widespread inter-communal violence across Israel amid escalation.
Early Sunday, Israeli warplanes struck several buildings and roads in central Gaza City. The airstrikes hit a crater that blocked one of the main roads leading to al-Shifa Hospital, the largest medical center in the Gaza Strip.
The hospital’s chief of internal medicine was also killed in Israeli attacks, according to the Gaza health ministry.
Since the start of the conflict, Israel has razed a number of the tallest offices and residential buildings in Gaza City, claiming they house Hamas military infrastructure.
Saturday, Israeli missiles demolished the 11-story al-Jalaa building, which housed the offices of Al Jazeera and the Associated Press.
Hamas began firing rockets at Israel on Monday following a crackdown on protesters opposing the eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem and subsequent raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
The United Nations Security Council meets later Sunday to discuss the worst outbreak of Israeli-Palestinian violence in years.