Jerusalem: Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that an end to seven days of hostilities with Gaza fighters was not imminent, despite diplomatic moves to restore calm, the Aljazeera reported.
Israel “wants to levy a heavy price” from Gaza’s Hamas rulers and its offensive on the Palestinian enclave would “take time”, he said in a televised address on Sunday – the deadliest day of Israeli air raids since the latest escalation in the Israel-Palestine conflict, reports said.
Earlier, reports said, the Israeli military launched intense raids on the Gaza Strip, killing at least 42 Palestinians, wounding dozens more, and flattening at least three residential buildings.
At least 192 people, including 58 children and 34 women, have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the latest violence began a week ago.
At least 55 Israeli air raids carried out on Sunday
Israeli fighter jets carried out at least 55 air raids on Gaza early on Monday, Al Jazeera’s Safwat al-Kahlout reported.
Al-Kahlout said the targets included several military and security bases in the Palestinian territory, as well as some empty land east of Gaza City, reports said.
“A four-storey building was also bombed in the centre of Gaza City, but early reports indicate the building was evacuated before the attack”.
“The fire is intensifying on military bases, security bases, empty and evacuated training camps that belong to Palestinian fighting groups,” reports quoting him said.
It was not immediately clear if any casualties had been reported. (Aljazeera)