The Israeli Army continued to escalate the attacks carried out against the civilian population in the Gaza Strip, early on Friday morning, with more than 30 air strikes against different areas of Gaza in less than 30 minutes.Media sources in Gaza reported that at approximately 6 a.m. Friday, Israeli war planes carried out 30 attacks, targeting civilian areas, resistance centers and buildings that belong to the Ministry of Interior leading to extensive damage; several injuries were reported.

One of the bombarded buildings is a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza.

The army also bombarded several Palestinian security centers in addition to firing missiles into the Civilian Branch of the Ministry of Interior, west of Gaza City; extensive damage were also reported.

In Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, the army bombarded another UNRWA school also leading to extensive damage.

Furthermore, the Ahrar Center for Detainees’ Studies, reported that the Israeli army also bombarded an under construction church in Gaza City leading to excessive damage.

The latest Israeli military escalation claimed that lives of 19 Palestinians, including seven children, since Wednesday evening, while at least 180 were injured.

Children, infants, women and elderly are among the casualties, including children whose bodies were severely mutilated and burnt due to Israeli shells. A pregnant woman and her unborn fetus are among the killed.

Responding to the Israeli military escalation, Palestinian armed groups in Gaza claimed responsibility for firing dozens of shells into Israel, including shells that hit Tel Aviv, Ashdod, and several other areas.

The resistance said that it will continue to defend its people, living under constant Israeli attacks and violations, and as long as Israel continues to kill and injure civilians, including children. Three Israelis were killed by Palestinian shells, and several others were injured.

23 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli shells since last Saturday; most of the casualties are civilians, children and women. Among the casualties are 7 children, a pregnant woman, and two elderly. More than 180 Palestinians have been injured; dozens are in serious conditions.