At least 20 children, including six boys and one girl, have been killed and dozens injured in an airstrike on a school in Gaza City on Tuesday, Palestinian health officials said.
At least 12 children were killed in an air strike on a mosque in the eastern Gaza Strip that hit a school on Tuesday evening, Palestinian Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said.
In Gaza City, residents reported hearing explosions and explosions from the vicinity of a mosque, al-Ahram news agency reported.
The attack took place in Khan Yunis district, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Israel.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which took place just after dawn, al Qudra told Reuters.
Earlier in the day, an Israeli airstrike killed at least 10 people in the central Gaza Strip.
The Israeli military said the attack targeted a group of “terrorists” trying to smuggle weapons.
“They came to the border with Israel intending to carry out a suicide attack in an Israeli city, and we thwarted their attempts,” a military statement said.
The statement did not specify how many people were killed or how many others were wounded.
Israel and the Palestinians have been embroiled in a decades-long conflict in which more than 1,100 Palestinians have died.
Israel’s government has repeatedly rejected calls to allow UN and international humanitarian aid to reach Gaza.
But a United Nations panel last month recommended that Gaza and Israel accept UN-brokered ceasefires in the enclave to end rocket attacks and other violence.
Israel says it is ready to accept any ceasefire, and has repeatedly accused Hamas of violating international law by firing rockets into Israel.
Israel has repeatedly denied the claim.