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Israel 'should destroy Gaza - not Arab people - just Gaza'

Israel should "destroy Gaza" one resident of Sderot told ITV News today as rocket sirens sounded in the southern Israeli town.

"Not all the Arabs, just Gaza," she said as both sides continued to trade fire.

ITV News Diplomatic Correspondent John Ray reports from Sderot, Israel

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Doctor in Gaza: Most of the injured are civilians

While Israel maintains that its strikes on Gaza are "carefully targeted," a doctor treating victims of attacks on the Gaza Strip told ITV News that most of the injured are civilians, including children.

ITV News Middle East Correspondent Geraint Vincent reports from Gaza.

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Israel: Four rockets fired at Jerusalem from Gaza

Israeli military forces have said that four rockets have been fired from Gaza towards Jerusalem, with two being intercepted by its Iron Dome defence system and the other two hitting open areas.

Earlier UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for a ceasefire in the Middle East, as he said that the situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip had "dangerously escalated".

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Update: 4 rockets were fired from Gaza to Jerusalem. 2 hit open areas; 2 were intercepted by the Iron Dome.

Read: Israel continues air strikes on Gaza for a third day

UN calls for ceasefire as Palestinian deaths reach 88

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that the situation in Israel and the Gaza Strip had "dangerously escalated" as he called for a ceasefire at an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

A Palestinian man reacts at his house which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.
A Palestinian man reacts at his house which police said was destroyed in an Israeli air strike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. Credit: Reuters

He said that 88 Palestinians - many of them civilians - are reported to have been killed in the attacks and another 339 injured.

He said that those responsible must be brought to justice, adding that the risk of a ground offensive was "still palpable and preventable only if Hamas stops rocket firing".

"It is now more urgent than ever to try to find common ground for a return to calm and a ceasefire understanding," he said.

More: Israel continues air strikes on Gaza for a third day

Death toll rises as Israel continues air strikes on Gaza

At least 75 Palestinians have been killed since Israel launched air strikes on Gaza, Palestinian officials claimed.

The mother of Palestinian Hamed Shehab, who medics said was killed in an Israeli air strike. Credit: Reuters

Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said Israel hit over 320 Hamas targets overnight, as it targeted underground tunnel networks and rocket launching sites.

The Palestinians earlier said a family of eight were killed during a strike on their home.

Militants have continued to fire rockets towards Israel, and UN Secretary-General has warned that the situation in the region is "on a knife edge".

Read: Fighters swimming underwater shown in Hamas video

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Israeli tanks transported towards Gaza border

Israel is moving tanks towards the border with Gaza as it continues to escalate its air assault, hitting hundreds of targets.

Israeli tanks are moving towards the border with Gaza. Credit: ITV News

Israel's military spokeman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said they had already mobilised 20,000 reservisit for a possible ground operation into Gaza, but for the time being was focused on maximising its air campaign.

Meanwhile Hamas continued to fire rockets into Tel Aviv, and several 'Code Red' alerts have been imposed, forcing residents into shelter and causing disruption across the city.

Read: Residents take shelter from rockets in Tel Aviv

Residents take shelter from rockets in Tel Aviv

A little girl hides with her mother as Hamas rockets hit. Credit: Reuters

Israeli residents in Tel Aviv have been taking shelter from rockets fires by Hamas, as the violence escalates for a third day.

Read: Dawn airstrikes kill eight members of the same family

Israelis take cover in an underground car park in Tel Aviv. Credit: Reuters

Yigal Palmor, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman, said Hamas is firing rockets from "within houses and streets and neighbourhoods which are populated with civilians ... exposing these civilians to retaliation and to backfire".

Fighters swimming underwater shown in Hamas video

Hamas has released footage showing long-range missiles being fired and members of its naval commando unit firing weapons.

The group claim the rockets shown in the footage have a range of over 75 kilometres and could reach Israeli cities of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

A commando unit is also shown swimming underwater with their weapons.

The release comes as eight members of the same family were killed in Gaza during Israeli air strikes on Thursday, as Hamas fighters continued to fire rockets towards Israel.

Read: UN chief describes Gaza as being 'on a knife edge'

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