Hamas government press office said more than 55 persons have been killed in the besieged Gaza enclave in Saturday night’s attacks.
30 homes have also been destroyed in Gaza,
marking an escalation in Israel’s air campaign in advance of an expected ground invasion.
Gaza’s Ministry of Health said the casualties add to the more than 4,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians, who have been killed in Israel’s bombing campaign on Gaza.
Israel has pledged to eliminate Hamas after the armed group’s October 7 attacks inside the country, which Israeli officials say killed more than 1,400 people, mostly civilians.
According to the United Nations, Israeli air raids have damaged or destroyed 40 percent of Gaza’s housing, reducing much of the enclave to ruins.
Israel has ordered Palestinians in Gaza to evacuate southwards as it prepares for a ground incursion into the enclave for the first time in nearly a decade.
The southern portion of Gaza has not been spared from air attacks, with nine people killed in the southern city of Khan Younis on Saturday night, according to Hamas authorities.
Reports say Israel’s military has pledged to intensify air raids in the coming days to minimise risks to its troops when they move in on Gaza.
According to the report, the expected ground offensive has raised fears of more civilian deaths due to the limited options for safe haven in the densely populated enclave, which has been under an Israeli blockade since 2006.