A second Israel attack on the Gaza Strip today has left at least six Palestinians dead and about 25 wounded, the Palestinian Interior Ministry said.
The strike focused on a house that locals said belonged to the family of a Hamas member and had already been targeted in Israel's first strike early this morning.
People had gathered on the roof of the building to act as "human shields", hoping their presence would deter a second strike, according to a local resident.
The Israeli military tweeted: "#EXPOSED: #Hamas uses Palestinians as human shields when firing rockets at Israel."
It's been an emotionally exhausting day in Israel and Gaza as hopes for peace were raised then dashed then raised then dashed again.
In the court of international opinion, this is how Israel wins a battle and still manages to lose the war.
Until the Israelis and the Palestinians find a way of resolving the underlining conflict this will not be more than a pause.