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At least 66 people have been killed in Gaza, including 18 children, since Israel assassinated the head of Hamas's armed wing in a precision airstrike on Wednesday. Hamas and other militant Palestinian factions responded by launching hundreds of rockets at Israel, killing three people.

Today, Israel targeted Hamas officials with airstrikes. One such attack, aimed at a Hamas operative in his home while he was away, killed six children and three women along with two men. (Of the at least 21 people who were killed in Gaza today, at least nine were children, according to Gaza health officials.)  

At the scene of the deadly air strike, residents and rescue workers hurried to the battered three-story home in an attempt to dig out any survivors, but there were none. Rescue workers used heavy equipment to remove the smashed concrete in the search for members of the Dalu family. They finally found something, a leg of a child. The work resumed as people removed the dust with their hands until they dug out the first child, taking her away with dozens of neighbors chanting "Allahu Akbar, Death to Israel." Israeli drones buzzed overhead, while rescuers unearthed the rest of the family.

Meanwhile, in Beit Lahiya on the northern tip of Gaza, Hossam Kilani and his family left their home. He, his wife, and his three kids packed what they could carry and made their way toward the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, where Israeli bombardment is less intense.

Mr. Kilani decided to leave his home after two children from his neighborhood were killed last night by an Israeli tank shell that hit their room while sleeping.

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