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'Israeli tank fire' cuts electricity to Gaza City

Israeli tank fire has hit the fuel depot of the Gaza Strip's only power plant, cutting electricity to Gaza City, Reuters reported, citing witnesses.

A Palestinian firefighter works during efforts to extinguish a blaze at Gaza's main power plant.
A Palestinian firefighter works during efforts to extinguish a blaze at Gaza's main power plant. Credit: REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

"The power plant is finished," its director Mohammed al-Sharif said, adding that the local fire brigade was not equipped to deal with such a blaze.

A Palestinian firefighter tries to deal with the situation at the Gaza Strip's main power plant.
A Palestinian firefighter tries to deal with the situation at the Gaza Strip's main power plant. Credit: REUTERS/Ahmed Zako

An Israeli military spokeswoman had no immediate comment and said she was checking the report.

Ex-senior British diplomat calls for talks with Hamas

A former senior British diplomat has called for talks with Hamas saying, "Something has to change".

Sir John Holmes, former UN emergency relief co-ordinator, to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, "Hamas is not going to go away and I think that we have accept that, instead of just isolating Hamas, we need to talk to them."

Palestinians stand by the rubble of the home of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.
Palestinians stand by the rubble of the home of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. Credit: REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Sir John continued: "Let's try to get away from this logic of not talking to them. Let's get away from the siege of Gaza which is only creating more bitterness and hatred and despair, which is not in Israel's long-term interests.

"It is not going to change in the short term. I accept Israel is going to say 'Well, that is just rewarding terrorism' but that is the kind of language and attitude we have to get away from."

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Rumble of jets continues across the skies of Gaza

By Dan Rivers: ITV News Correspondent

We've had a number of enormous explosions very near our hotel. I'm just watching several buildings that are still on fire after they were hit about two hours ago just near the port in Gaza.

We've seen targets being hit across Gaza; a pro-Hamas TV station, the finance ministry, the house of a former prime minister, all being hit by, we think, F-16s dropping what sounded like very large missiles or bombs.

Palestinians stand in front of a mosque which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike.
Palestinians stand in front of a mosque which witnesses said was hit in an Israeli air strike. Credit: REUTERS/Suhaib Salem

The rumble of jets is still continuing across the skies of Gaza.

I think a ceasefire at the moment is looking completely dead. We've got to wait and see whether Israeli ground troops move further into Gaza City itself or whether this will largely continue to be a war from the skies

Hamas leader's house and TV stations targeted in Gaza

Overnight:

  • Israeli aircraft fired a missile at the house of Hamas Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh
  • Eleven people were killed in a strike on a house in the Bureij refugee camp in Gaza City
  • Hamas said that its broadcast outlets Al-Aqsa TV and Al-Aqsa Radio were targeted
  • A number of rockets fired from Gaza were launched toward various regions in southern and central Israel, including the Tel Aviv area. No casualties or damage were reported.
The target of an Israeli strike smoulders at a port on the Gaza coast.
The target of an Israeli strike smoulders at a port on the Gaza coast. Credit: ITV News / Sean Swan

Five Israeli soldiers killed in tunnel attack near Gaza

Gaza militants who crossed into Israel via a tunnel killed five Israeli soldiers in a gun battle near the community of Nahal Oz close to the border with the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said.

"(The) soldiers were killed during combat when terrorists attempted to execute an attack using a tunnel shaft, which led from the Gaza Strip to Nahal Oz. The soldiers thwarted the attempt by identifying the squad and neutralising one of the terrorists," the military said in a statement.

The incident on Monday raised to 10 the number of military fatalities for the day.

Fifty-three Israeli soldiers have been killed since Israel launched its offensive on Gaza on July 8 In which almost 1,100 Gazans, mostly civilians, have died in the conflict.

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