Israeli airstrikes continue to hit Gaza as residents flee homes

Residents in Gaza City were seen fleeing on Tuesday, as Israel continued to strike Gaza early in the morning following a devastating weekend attack by Hamas militants, which had left more than 1,500 dead on both sides.

Dozens of people in Gaza City’s Remal neighborhood fled their homes, as explosions lit up the skies.

Gaza’s Health Ministry said at least 687 Palestinians had been killed and 3,726 wounded in Israeli air strikes on the blockaded enclave since Saturday.

Apartment blocks, a mosque and hospitals were among the sites attacked, and the strikes destroyed some roads and houses, according to media reports and eyewitnesses.

Israeli TV channels said the death toll from the Hamas attack had climbed to 900 Israelis, with at least 2,600 injured, and dozens taken captive.

The violence had prompted international declarations of support for Israel and appeals for an end to the fighting and protection of civilians.