At least eight children have been killed in the last 24 hours as Operation Protective Edge launched by Israeli forces entered its second day. IDF claimed it has hit at least 160 targets in Gaza since Tuesday.
"Overnight, the IDF hit about 160 targets in the Gaza Strip. Over the last two days we attacked a total of about 430 targets," General Moti Almoz told military radio.
According to Almoz, the targets included 120 concealed rocket launchers, 10 Hamas command and control centers, two homes and many tunnels.
Wednesday morning Palestinian militants fired more rockets at Israeli cities. with eight rockets intercepted by Iron Dome defense system over Tel Aviv, Ashkelon and Ashdod. Yet, people ran to bomb shelters.
Though Israeli authorities claim they target only Hamas militants, many civilians have been killed in a“ground offensive,” dubbed Operation Protective Edge.
The IAF official said that residents of the buildings targeted by Israeli Air Force for strikes tried to avert the attacks by going up the roofs en masse. Such ploys will not be effective, he added.
At least 50 houses were destroyed on Tuesday and 1,700 were partially damaged, said Palestinian Minister of Public Works and Housing Mufeel al-Hasayneh.