The rebel Israeli prime minister said the Gaza bombing campaign “will take time” as Palestinians in the enclave endure the deadliest day with at least 42 victims, including 10 children.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deadly bombings of the Gaza Strip would continue despite international outcry and efforts to negotiate a ceasefire.
In a televised address on Sunday, Netanyahu said the Israeli airstrikes were “going full steam ahead” and “would take time,” adding that his country “wanted to exact a heavy toll” from the Hamas leadership in Gaza.
Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City razed three buildings and killed at least 42 people early Sunday, Gaza health officials said.
Violence has marked the worst fighting since the devastating 2014 war in Gaza.
The airstrikes struck a busy downtown street of residential buildings and storefronts for five minutes just after midnight, destroying two adjacent buildings and one about 50 meters below.
At one point, a lifeguard shouted, “Can you hear me?” in a hole in the rubble. “It’s okay?” A few minutes later, first responders pulled out a survivor and took him to an orange stretcher.
Gaza’s health ministry said 16 women and 10 children were among those killed, with more than 50 injured, and rescue efforts were still ongoing.
Earlier, the IDF said it destroyed the home of main Hamas leader in Gaza, Yahiyeh Sinwar, in a separate raid in the southern town of Khan Younis.
This is the third such attack in the past two days on the homes of senior Hamas leaders, who have gone underground.
Israel appears to have stepped up airstrikes in recent days to inflict as much damage as possible on Hamas as international mediators work to end the fighting.
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