Israel kills another militant commander in Gaza as Cairo presses on with efforts to mediate truce


Israeli aircraft destroyed three houses apparently belonging to members of Islamic shahad in northern and southern Gaza, claims which have been rejected by those who lived in the properties. Children gathered by the rubble of the destroyed building in the enclave's southern city of Khan yunis. It belonged to un Jihad Al ara, where she said she lived with her disabled husband and children. In 2014, they hit the house and burnt it with shells, but we repaired it because we didn't have another house. Now they destroyed it again. Another air strike at a sprawling housing complex in Khan yunis destroyed the upper floor of one of the buildings, where Israel said a senior commander was killed along with two others. The air strike caused damage to three surrounding buildings. Residents Abdullah Hamad described an abnormal light in two explosions, and then finding his children crying in shock. When I reached them, I found them covering themselves with bed covers and screaming out of fear. Meanwhile, rocket fire towards southern Israel continued, even as Egypt pressed on with attempts to broker a ceasefire. I am Karen Chammas

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