Hamas' police chief is in a 'critical condition' and 18 members of his family have been killed following an Israeli airstrike on his home, Reuters has reported.
The attack on Tayseer Al-Batsh's home is the deadliest bombing since the offensive started on Tuesday.
Ashraf Al-Qidra, spokesman for the Gaza Health ministry, said 45 people were wounded and others were still trapped under the rubble where rescue workers were searching.
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.