According to Palestinian medical officials, Israel has killed at least 132 people in Gaza since Monday, including 32 children and 21 women, and injured 950 others. A soldier patrolling the Gaza border and six civilians, including two girls, were among the eight Israelis killed. As the war between Israel and Hamas reached its fifth night, the death toll continued to rise. Israeli planes resumed air strikes in Gaza early Saturday, and Hamas militants retaliated by firing rockets into Israel, as US and Arab diplomats sought a cease-fire. At least four people were killed, according to Palestinian medics, in one of many air strikes in northern Gaza.
Israeli naval ships are said to have fired shells from the Mediterranean, but none are believed to have struck the strip. Israeli aircraft, according to the Palestinian religious affairs ministry, demolished a mosque. The army was reviewing the report, according to a military spokesman. Sirens blared in two major Israeli cities in the south, warning of incoming fire from Gaza. Hamas took responsibility for the rocket launches. With no sign of an end in sight to the fighting, Palestinians say 11 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank.
A woman and a boy were among four people killed in an Israeli air strike on the Abu Hattab family’s home in Gaza City’s Beach refugee camp, according to Hamas. A request for comment on the strike was not promptly reported by the Israeli army.