Palestinians report at least 42 deaths in Gaza from Israeli air strikes

Israeli air strikes on Gaza killed at least 42 people last night, reports Palestinian health authorities. This was the bloodiest night since almost a week ago, the attacks between Israel and Palestinian militants began in the Gaza Strip.

There would have been at least 50 wounded. Rescue workers are busy freeing people from debris of collapsed buildings. Among the dead are eight children and ten women.

The Israeli army also destroyed the home of Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar with air strikes. Its about the highest leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Hamas has been in power in Gaza since 2007. The attack was in Khan Younis, in the south of the Gaza Strip.

Sinwar is presumably staying at a different address, like other leaders of the militant movement. Israel says Sinwars brother, also a Hamas member, was targeted.

Sinwar was elected leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip in 2017. In March of this year, he was re-elected, leaving him in his post until 2025. Sinwar was imprisoned in Israel for more than 20 years after being convicted, among other things, of the kidnapping and murder of two Israeli soldiers. He was released in 2011 in a prisoner exchange.

Footage from Reuters news agency would show the attack:

An Israeli army spokesman tells the Jerusalem Post that 150 targets were attacked last night in the Gaza Strip. Also from Gaza, numerous missiles were fired at Israel, forcing Israelis to spend the night in shelters. In Tel Aviv, among other things, the air alarm went off.

Yesterday, Israel also carried out a targeted attack on the home of a Hamas headpiece, which, according to Palestinian sources, was not at home at that time. According to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, an extremist group that is also internationally regarded as a terrorist organisation, twenty fighters have died since the air strikes started a week ago. According to Israel, the number is much higher.

Yesterday, another high-rise building in Gaza was destroyed by an air raid. According to Israel, there was a major intelligence department of terror movement Hamas. Weapons would be developed from there and attacks on Israeli targets would be planned. In addition to housing, the building was also editors of the American press agency AP and the Arab Al Jazeera. Prior to the bombing, Israel had warned; people who stayed in the building were able to flee in vain.

AP said in a comment that his journalists would not sit in a building where Hamas holds office, adding that it was not able to establish with one hundred percent certainty that Hamas did not operate from the building. AP and other media organizations have asked Israel for clarification.

The international Committee to Protect Journalists also expressed concerns about the air strike. According to the journalists organisation, this leads to the question whether the Israeli army deliberately attacks the media in order to โ€œthwart the reporting of human suffering in the Gaza Stripโ€. The CPJ demands the opening of cases from Israel because there may be a violation of international law.

Mediation attempts

Prime Minister Netanyahu said late last night that the air strikes in the Gaza Strip continue as long as necessary. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, who is in Qatar, said in turn that Hamas resistance has not broken.

Attempts to mediate between the two parties seem to have produced nothing concrete yet. Among other things, the United States, with envoy Hady Amr, are trying to persuade parties to deescalate. Attempts are also being made via the UN Security Council, but so far in vain. EU Foreign Minister Borrell announced this morning that EU Foreign Ministers are meeting in a videoconference on Tuesday how to put an end to violence.

Since the attacks began at the beginning of this week, at least 192 Palestinians have died in the Gaza Strip, reports the Palestinian Ministry of Health. On the Israeli side, ten deaths were killed in Hamas airstrikes. These are the hardest battles since the 2014 Gaza War, which has led to great tensions and violence in Israeli cities with a mixed population, Jewish and Palestinian Israelis.

At the same time, there is a counter-movement, said correspondent Ankie Rechess earlier, of Arabs and Jews taking the streets together. โ€œThese people show that they cant be broken by all that violence. Im glad the normal voice seems to come through.โ€

CCEit on 3 explains in this explainer why violence is flaring up again: