At least five Palestinians have been killed and several injured in an airstrike that targetted a Al Salateen residential neighborhood in the town of Beit Lahia Thursday evening, raising the death toll to 22 dead in the past 22 hours of the latest Israeli military invasion into the Gaza Strip with an average of one death per hour.

Ten Palestinians were killed in two separate attacks which targeted the northern and southern areas in the Gaza Strip Thursday afternoon, raising the death toll to 17 in the Gaza Strip alone.

Eight Palestinians were killed in an airstrike in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip and two others were killed in another airstrike targeting the Abasan area near the city of Khan Younis.

Medical sources reported a total of at least 60 injuries on Thursday, in addition to hundreds who were treated for shock, especially among children.

The Popular Resistance Committee declared responsibility for killing an Israeli soldier in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.

A statement by the group said that a Palestinian sniper shot the soldier in his head while he sat on his unit’s tank which invaded the city Thursday afternoon.

Seven Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip since the early hours of Thursday morning as the Israeli government gave the army orders to carry out a major offensive into the strip, Palestinian sources said.