Fears of war escalates as violence emerges in Israel
Militants in Gaza began firing rockets into Israel on Monday night, and Israel has responded by hitting targets in the territory.
On Wednesday Israel said it had killed senior Hamas officials in Gaza, and was also targeting missile launching sites.
“This was only the beginning. We will inflict blows on them that they have never dreamed of,” said the Israeli prime minister.
Hamas – the militant group that runs Gaza – confirmed the death of its commander in Gaza City and other “warriors”.
“Thousands of leaders and soldiers will follow in their footsteps,” Hamas said in a statement reported by Reuters.
The Hamas-run health ministry in Gaza says that more than 300 people have been injured there since the conflict began, as well as the 53 who have died.
The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said on Wednesday that their strikes on Gaza were its largest since the conflict in 2014.
On Wednesday a third high-rise building in Gaza was destroyed.
Hamas said it was incensed by “the enemy’s targeting of residential towers”.
Residents had been warned to evacuate the buildings before the fighter jets attacked; however health officials said there were still civilian deaths.
Five members of one family were killed in an air strike on Tuesday, including two young brothers, according to AFP.
An 11-year-old resident of Gaza, Yasmine, told Save the Children that Tuesday night was the worst night of her life.
“I had pain in my stomach from the fear and my parents were trying to comfort