At least seven Palestinians have died this morning following an Israeli air strike on Gaza - the largest death toll in a single attack since the three-day offensive began, Reuters reported citing local medics.
Locals and medical officials claimed an Israeli air strike bombed at least two houses in a densely populated area near Khan Younis while residents were asleep.
The attack raises the death toll to 60 Palestinians since the offensive began on Tuesday.
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.