ROTTERDAM, August 23 -- At least seven, including five from one family, killed as Hamas says it will support Palestinian effort to join ICC.
Israeli warplanes have pounded Gaza, killing seven - including five Palestinians from the same family - as Hamas said it would support a Palestinian effort to investigate war crimes in the conflict.
The Israeli military said it had carried out about 20 air strikes over the Gaza Strip early on Saturday. Israeli officials said that more than 80 rockets were fired from Gaza on Friday. Loud explosions and thick plumes of smoke could be seen over Gaza City on Saturday morning as fighting continued between Israel and Hamas, according to the AP news agency.
Earlier, there were conflicting reports regarding the death toll.
Hamas 'agrees' to join ICC
Eighty-one Palestinians and a four-year-old Israeli boy have been killed and nine Israeli civilians wounded since Tuesday, when truce talks collapsed ending nine days of calm. Israel has vowed no let-up until it can guarantee the safety of its civilians, while Hamas insists that Israel must end its eight-year blockade of the territory as part of any truce.
Meanwhile, a senior Hamas leader who has been taking part in the Cairo negotiations has confirmed that the group will back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court (ICC).
According to Moussa Abu Marzouk, Hamas has signed a paper of support requested by the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.