Gaza City Strike: Deadly Overnight Attacks

Gaza City Strike: Deadly Overnight Attacks
Gaza City Strike: Deadly Overnight Attacks

Footage released by the Palestinian Civil Defence shows members of their team carrying bodies into an ambulance, following a strike on a car in Gaza City, amid ongoing battles between Israel and Hamas militants.

The health ministry in the Hamas-run territory said dozens of people were killed overnight.

Among them were 12 people killed in their home in the southern city of Rafah, which has been bombed repeatedly ahead of a threatened Israeli ground operation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the go-ahead for a new round of talks on a Gaza ceasefire, a day after the world's top court ordered Israel to ensure aid reaches desperate civilians.

But despite a binding UN Security Council resolution earlier this week demanding an "immediate ceasefire", fighting raged on unabated in Gaza, including around its few functioning hospitals.

Regional fallout from the conflict also flared, with Israel saying it killed a Hezbollah rocket commander in Lebanon and a war monitor saying that Israeli air strikes killed several Hezbollah fighters in Syria.

The United Nations says Gaza's health system is collapsing "due to ongoing hostilities and access constraints".

Israel's military accuses Hamas and the Islamic Jihad of hiding inside medical facilities, using patients, staff and displaced people for cover -- charges the militants have denied.

The army said it was "continuing precise operation activities in Shifa Hospital" where it began a raid early last week.

About 200 militants have been killed during the latest Al-Shifa operation, it said.

Israeli tanks have also surrounded another Khan Yunis health facility, the Nasser Hospital, the Gaza health ministry said.

Israel's retaliatory campaign against Hamas has killed at least 32,623 people, mostly women and children, according to health ministry figures.