Israeli warplanes and tanks Sunday battered a crowded neighborhood of Gaza City, killing at least 65 Palestinians in the deadliest single incident of an onslaught that has claimed well over 400 lives.
Gaza’s Health Ministry said 37 other Palestinians were also killed Sunday, bringing the death toll since Israeli air and naval bombardments began on July 8 to 434, many of them civilians.
The assault on the Shejaiya district came after 13 Israeli soldiers were killed in Gaza, and late Sunday the armed wing of the Hamas movement said it had captured an Israeli soldier in the fighting.
In the deadliest, Gaza fighters detonated a bomb near an armored personnel carrier, killing seven soldiers inside, the army said.
It was the Israeli military’s highest one-day death toll since the 2006 war against Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Shifa Hospital’s director, Naser Tattar, said 17 children, 14 women and four elderly people were among the dead, while nearly 400 others were wounded in the Israeli assault on the neighborhood.
Israel’s army said it was targeting Hamas militants whom it alleged had fired rockets from Shejaiya and built tunnels and command centers there.
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