On August 7, 2023, Israeli forces launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, flattening buildings and mosques, and killing at least 10 people, including a child. The strikes were in response to rocket attacks from Gaza on southern Israel.
The Israeli military said that it targeted Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza. However, witnesses said that the strikes also hit civilian areas.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said that at least 10 people were killed in the strikes, including a child. The ministry also said that more than 50 people were injured.
The United Nations condemned the airstrikes, saying that they were “a serious violation of international law.” The UN also called for an immediate ceasefire.
The United States called on both sides to exercise restraint, but it also blamed Hamas for the violence.
The airstrikes come at a time of heightened tensions between Israel and the Palestinians. In recent weeks, there have been a series of rocket attacks from Gaza on southern Israel. The Israeli military has responded with airstrikes on Gaza.
The violence has raised concerns about a possible escalation of the conflict. The UN has called for both sides to engage in dialogue to prevent a further outbreak of violence.