At least 12 members of the same extended family, including seven children, were killed in an Israeli air strike on their house in Gaza City, medics and witnesses said on Tuesday.
The bodies of the Daya family were pulled from the rubble of a four-storey house in Gaza City’s southern neighbourhood of Zeitun, which was hit by two Israeli missiles overnight, according to witnesses. They included seven children aged one to 12 years, three women and two men.
Meanwhile, French President Nicolas Sarkozy led new calls to halt the conflict which doctors say has left at least 555 Palestinians dead. But Israeli ministers insisted the offensive aimed at halting militant rocket attacks will continue.
40 killed in UN school
Israeli tank shells killed at least 40 Palestinians at a UN school where civilians had taken shelter.