The death toll from a relentless Israeli offensive against the besieged Gaza Strip has increased to at least 107.
Medical sources reported several casualties from an Israeli missile attack on a house in southern Gaza on Friday while Israeli warplanes pounded Deir al-Balah, leaving a number of people dead in the central city.
Earlier, three Palestinians, including a child, were killed in the northern towns of Beit Hanoun and Beit Lahiya in the coastal enclave.
Israeli warplanes and drones have reportedly pounded more than 600 targets across the blockaded sliver since Tuesday, with Palestinian sources saying one third of the casualties are women and children.
Israel has also mobilized 20,000 soldiers for a possible ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.
Osama Hamdan, the head of the international relations committee of Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, told Press TV on Thursday that the movement is ready to hit back at Israeli forces should Tel Aviv launch a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip.
“Israelis are trying to heat up the situation in order to start a ground operation, which will not be an easy issue for the Israelis and also for the resistance. But we are ready to face that,” he underlined.
Palestinian resistance movements in the Gaza Strip have already been responding to Israel’s aggression by targeting towns and cities deep inside the occupied Palestinian territories.