More than 83 Palestinians, including 17 children have been killed and more than 480 others wounded in Gaza since the escalated Israeli offensive began late on Monday said Gaza’s health ministry.
At least six Israelis and one Indian national have also been killed.
Hundreds of rockets have been fired from Gaza towards various locations in Israel said the Israeli army and they have added reinforcements near the enclave’s eastern lands.
Also, the military says 7,000 reservists have been called up and leave for all combat units cancelled as Israeli tanks and troops move towards the border with the Gaza Strip.
Israeli media report that Palestinian Hamas militants have begun launching “suicide drones” into the country’s commercial heartland on Thursday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says “we continue striking Hamas while defending our citizens” adding that the campaign “will take more time”.
Several international airlines say they are temporarily suspending flights to Israel’s main airport near Tel Aviv because of the hostilities.
Three US as well as Germany’s Lufthansa, Virgin Atlantic, Iberia and British Airways have all halted flights to TEL Aviv as a precaution of rocket fire from Gaza.
“I think it’s important that we break that cycle and we end this idea of reprisals, and I think that what everybody wants to see is urgent, urgent de-escalation” said Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacting to the crisis.
Also, United States President Joe Biden said he hoped fighting “will be closing down” sooner rather than later.