As ceasefire pressure mounts, IDF jets launch massive strikes on Gaza

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IDF jets launch massive strikes on Gaza, as the US declared that all sides in the Israel-Hamas conflict must de-escalate and the violence “must end immediately.”

Explosions rocked the city from north to south for 10 minutes in a heavier, wider-area attack that lasted longer than a 24-hour series of air raids that killed 42 Palestinians — the deadliest single attack in the latest round of violence between Israel and the Hamas terror group that rules Gaza. Three buildings were destroyed by earlier Israeli airstrikes.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, and there was little information on the extent of the damage inflicted early Monday in the predawn darkness.

According to local media reports, the latest raids targeted the main coastal road west of the city and security compounds and open spaces. According to the power distribution company, airstrikes damaged a line that supplied electricity from Gaza’s sole power plant to large areas of southern Gaza City.

Initially, the army claimed to be conducting “widespread strikes.” It was later revealed that among the targets hit were the homes of nine Hamas commanders spread across the Gaza Strip.

“The houses attacked were used as terrorist infrastructure and in some of the houses, weapons depots were even found,” the army said.

According to the IDF, the homes of Hamas’ Beit Hanoun brigade commander, Beit Hanoun company commander, Gaza City company commander, and al-Shati brigade company commander were among those targeted.

A Hamas military intelligence base in Shejaiya was also targeted.

Several rounds of rocket fire were directed at Israeli cities throughout the night. At least nine rockets were fired at Beersheba, with several being intercepted by Iron Dome. The remainder fell in open areas. Ashkelon and its environs were also targeted. There were no reports of injuries at the time.

The overnight violence occurred as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for an end to the fighting, signaling a shift in US policy. The Biden administration stepped up diplomatic efforts in the region and held a flurry of talks with regional leaders.