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The violence showed no sign of abating on Sunday, as Israel launched its heaviest airstrike yet on Gaza in its week-long bombing campaign, bringing the number of rockets fired into Israel from Gaza from Gaza to 3,000.
The Israeli bombing of Gaza City killed at least 33 people, including 12 women and eight children, and injured 50 others, according to the Palestinian health authorities. They said the death toll was likely to rise as rescuers searched through the rubble for victims and survivors.
In a separate raid, the Israeli army said it bombed the house of Yahya Sinwar, leader of the Palestinian Hamas movement that controls the Gaza Strip, in the southern town of Khan Yunis. And it broadcast a video of the bombing.
Palestinian officials said that at least 188 people – most of them civilians, including 55 children – have been killed by Israeli aircraft, drones and artillery shelling since the campaign began on Monday.
Israel says it has killed 75 Palestinian militants, most of them Hamas militants, and accuses the terror group of using civilians as human shields. In airstrikes that caused civilian casualties, Israel often described the targets as weapons caches or armed operations centers.
The Israeli authorities say 12 people have been killed in Israel by Hamas rockets.
Far more rockets have been fired at Israel than in any week of previous conflicts, and some have a greater range than Hamas’ arsenal has shown in the past. Israeli officials admitted that they were surprised by the extent and intensity of the bombing. Hamas, which has received help from Iran in building increasingly sophisticated missiles, claimed this week that some have a range of 155 miles, a distance sufficient to reach any point in Israel.
On Sunday, military officials said Israel had intercepted about 1,100 rockets.
On Sunday, the Israeli military said it destroyed several drones and unmanned submarines operated by Hamas at its base on the Mediterranean coast. Israeli officials said the drones equipped with explosives were intended for use against offshore gas drilling platforms.
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