Israeli jets and fighter planes have struck “over 90 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror targets” throughout Gaza, the Israeli Air Force (IAF) said early on Sunday, as the Palestinian health ministry said the raids killed at least seven people in the strip.
“Over the last day, the IAF struck approximately 40 rocket launch sites aimed towards central and southern Israel,” the IAF said on Twitter.
In response to continuous rocket fire at Israeli territory, over the last 24 hours, IAF fighter jets and aircraft struck over 90 Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror targets throughout the Gaza Strip. pic.twitter.com/PZwn152FWH— Israeli Air Force (@IAFsite) May 16, 2021
The IAF confirmed it had targeted the home of Hamas’ top leader Yahya Sinwar and two other officials of the group.
A total of 174 people have been killed in Israeli raids on Gaza, including 47 children and 29 women, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said on Sunday, adding that the total number of injuries has risen to 1,200.
That number is expected to rise as ambulance and civil defense teams continue to dig through the rubble of dozens of destroyed buildings and pull out bodies from underneath them in the city, according to an Al Arabiya correspondent.
At least 23 people were killed in overnight Israeli raids on Gaza and dozens were wounded, Palestinian officials said on Sunday.
The Israeli airstrikes destroyed several buildings and main roads that lead to the Shifa hospital, the largest hospital in Gaza treating hundreds of injured residents.
Rockets were fired at Israeli settlements on the border of Gaza, an Al Arabiya correspondent said on Sunday.
On Saturday, Israel targeted a 12-storey building housing the Gaza offices of The Associated Press and other news outlets.