16-year-old Farah Baker tweeted pictures, texts and videos of the bombardment her area received from the Israeli military last night.
Explosions reverberated through our hotel. I entered a fitful state of exhaustion, punctuated by terror. Warning: Contains graphic imagery.
One Direction's Zayn Malik received death threats after pledging his support to the #FreePalestine campaign.
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.
"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.
An Israeli military spokeswoman had no immediate comment and said she was checking the report.
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."
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."
Two Israeli tank shells struck a fuel tank at the Gaza Strip's only power plant, AP reported, citing a spokesman for Gaza's electricity distribution company.
ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports from Gaza:
Been relatively quiet for last 3-4 hours here. Fingers crossed this lull in fighting will last.
An Israeli air strike overnight hit a building in Gaza that houses several media companies, Reuters reported.
A huge ball of fire could be seen coming from the al-Shouroq building during the bombardment.
Gaza Strip's power station has been shelled by Israeli tanks, the Associated Press reported.
BREAKING: Gaza electricity company: 2 Israeli tank shells hit fuel tank of Gaza Strip's power station
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.
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
Israel is "fighting a terrorist organisation" and has "no choice" but to strike back, a spokesman for the Israeli military has said.
Lt. Col Peter Lerner told Good Morning Britain it was "a basic unbearable reality" that Hamas was trying to hold Israel "hostage" and the Israeli people refused to live with that.
- 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.
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.