On Saturday afternoon, a high-rise building in the Gaza Strip that housed apartments and international media offices including Al Jazeera and The Associated Press was destroyed by an Israeli air raid.
It is reported that occupants of the building had received a call from the Israeli army nearly an hour warning of the impending attack and ordering an evacuation.
A statement by the Israeli military released shortly after the attack said the 11-storey Al-Jalaa building housed military assets belonging to Hamas.
A United States envoy has arrived Tel Aviv for de-escalation talks ahead of a UN Security Council meeting on Sunday.
Hady Amr, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Isreali and Palestinian Affairs, Department of State will take part in talks with Israeli, Palestinian and UN officials to “reinforce the need to work toward a sustainable calm” according to the US embassy in Israel.
Early on Saturday, an Israeli air strike hit a three-storey house refugee camp in the Gaza strip killing eight children and two women from an extended family while a Palestinian rocket killed a man in Israel.
Found trapped in the rubble next to his dead mother, a five-month-old baby is said to be the only survivor of the strike; a number of people are reported missing.
The Palestinian health ministry says that at least 140 people have been killed, 39 children and 22 women included, who make up nearly half the number of casualties in Gaza since Monday,TOS News gathers.
At least nine people have been killed in Israel.
The United Nations estimates that about 10,000 Palestinians have fled their homes in Gaza since the beginning of the violence.
Israel’s military says about 2,300 rockets have been fired from Gaza at Israel since Monday, about 1,000 intercepted by missile defences and 380 falling short and dropping into Gaza itself.
The recent happening is termed the worst violence in Gaza and Israel since 2014.