At least nine people, including women and children, were killed in Israeli airstrikes in central Gaza and the southernmost city of Rafah overnight, the Hamas-run health ministry in the Gaza Strip says.
Eyewitnesses report seeing strikes hit a residential building in Rafah, as well as a kindergarten-turned-shelter for the displaced in the central town of Zawaida. An undetermined number of people are said to have been injured in the strikes and taken to nearby hospitals.
More than half of the Gaza Strip’s 2.3 million people have fled to Rafah in accordance with evacuation orders given by Israel amid the expanding ground offensive. Evacuation orders now cover two-thirds of the small Palestinian enclave.