Israel said last night targeted the home of a top Hamas leader, as its president vowed to continue launching airstrikes on Gaza.
Military forces said they targeted the home of Yehiyeh Sinwar, in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza Strip.
Sinwar is the most senior Hamas leader inside the territory. The Israeli military also launched a strike on the home of his brother.
It comes as the UN Security Council – the UN body charged with ensuring international peace and security – is set to meet today to discuss the conflict.
The meeting will be public and is thought will include both Israeli and Palestinian participants, according to the Associated Free Press (AFP).
This morning, photographs, which are too graphic to publish, show dead children being pulled from the wreckage of homes in Gaza after Israeli air strikes last night. Other pictures show rescuers helping injured children from bombed out homes
According to the Gaza health ministry, 174 Palestinians have died since the start of the conflict on Monday.
Among the people killed are 47 children, it said. In Israel, 10 people have been killed in total, with barrages of rockets fired from Gaza.
It also comes as the White House warned Israel that journalists’ lives are ‘paramount’ after the owner of a Gaza tower block housing international news media was given one-hour to evacuate it, before it was destroyed by an IDF air strike.
Israel pounded Gaza with air strikes into the early hours of Sunday, with the destruction of the 12-storey building that housed the U.S. Associated Press and Qatar-based Al Jazeera media operations drawing international rebuke.
The United States told Israel ‘that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility,’ White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Saturday.
U.S. President Joe Biden later spoke to both Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in an effort to restore calm.
However Mr Netanyahu and Hamas leaders have both insisted they would pursue their campaigns, leaving no end to the hostilities in sight.
‘The party that bears the guilt for this confrontation is not us, it’s those attacking us,’ Netanyahu said in a televised speech.
‘We are still in the midst of this operation, it is still not over and this operation will continue as long as necessary.’