Hamas says almost 500 Palestinians killed in Gaza

The Hamas-run health ministry in the Gaza Strip says 493 Palestinians have been killed and 2,300 have been wounded in the Gaza Strip.

The Israel Defense Forces says it has killed hundreds more Palestinian terrorists in Israeli territory.

As of late yesterday, Israeli airstrikes had destroyed 159 housing units across Gaza and severely damaged 1,210 others, the UN says. The UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, says a school sheltering more than 225 people took a direct hit. It does not say where the fire came from.

In the Palestinian city of Rafah in southern Gaza, an Israeli airstrike early today killed 19 people, including women and children, says Talat Barhoum, a doctor at the local Al-Najjar Hospital.

Barhoum says aircraft hit the home of the Abu Hilal family, and that one of those killed was Rafaat Abu Hilal, a leader of a local armed group. The strike caused damage to surrounding homes.

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