Israeli airstrikes in Gaza kill 12 civilians, including 6 children

Six members of the al-Tanani family, including a married couple and their four young children, were killed instantly when the missile collapsed the building, nearby residents said. Rescue crews spent hours pulling bloodied bodies from the rubble.

Several Israeli airstrikes slammed into residential areas of Gaza, killing at least 12 Palestinian civilians, including six children, according to health officials and witnesses in the besieged territory.

The first reported strike hit a home in the Abassan Kabira area of Khan Younis in southern Gaza around midnight. Six members of the al-Tanani family, including a married couple and their four young children, were killed instantly when the missile collapsed the building, nearby residents said. Rescue crews spent hours pulling bloodied bodies from the rubble.

Hours later, another Israeli missile struck a residential building in the Maghazi refugee camp near the central Gaza Strip town of Deir al-Balah. That attack killed six more civilians, all members of the Rafati family, as they slept in their homes, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The Israeli military did not immediately claim responsibility for the strikes. However, it has carried out near-nightly bombardment raids across the impoverished Gaza Strip in recent weeks as part of a major crackdown following a flare-up in rocket fire and clashes with militants.

Israeli officials have repeatedly stated that the operations target only terrorist elements and infrastructure. They have accused Palestinian armed groups of indiscriminately attacking Israeli civilians and using residential areas to launch rockets and hide military assets.

But Palestinian officials and human rights monitors have condemned the Israeli tactics as involving disproportionate force and an unacceptable degree of civilian casualties. They have pleaded for international intervention to prevent further escalation of violence.

With the latest deaths, at least 57 Palestinians have been killed in the Israeli bombardment campaign across Gaza over the past three weeks, according to Palestinian officials. Over 300 others have been wounded, with the UN reporting over a quarter of the casualties were civilians.

Despite pleas for calm and attempts to negotiate ceasefires, both sides have remained locked in a cycle of bloody reprisals with little indication the violence will subside. Israel says it is determined to eliminate militant capabilities, while Palestinian groups vow not to back down until the siege on Gaza is lifted.

As the death toll mounts, the densely populated enclave’s already fragile medical infrastructure is struggling to cope. Many hospitals have run out of critical supplies amid the destruction and fears are growing that the situation could deteriorate into an even greater humanitarian catastrophe.