Israel pounded the Gaza Strip with air strikes on Saturday, claiming to have hit 150 targets in the most intense night of raids since the conflict began last week. The Israeli military said the strikes targeted Hamas weapons depots and infrastructure, and that the border between Israel and Gaza had been secured.
The Palestinian health ministry said 34 people had been killed in the air strikes, including 11 children. More than 200 people have been wounded in the violence, which has displaced thousands of Palestinians.
The United Nations has called for an immediate ceasefire, and the United States has expressed concern about the escalating conflict. However, Israel has said it will continue to strike targets in Gaza until Hamas stops firing rockets into Israel.
The current conflict between Israel and Hamas is the worst since 2014. It began last week after Hamas fired rockets into Israel in response to what it said were Israeli airstrikes in the West Bank. The Israeli military has said that it has killed dozens of Hamas militants in the strikes, and that it has destroyed a network of tunnels used by Hamas to launch attacks into Israel.
The conflict has raised concerns about a wider regional war, with Egypt and Jordan trying to mediate a ceasefire. The United States has also sent a diplomat to the region to try to calm the situation.
The humanitarian situation in Gaza is worsening, with thousands of people displaced and hospitals struggling to cope with the influx of casualties. The United Nations has warned that Gaza is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis, and has called for the international community to provide urgent assistance.