Israeli armed forces upped their bombardment of the Gaza Strip overnight, with shelling from land and sea aimed at destroying Hamas military tunnels and command posts.

In Gaza on the fifth day of violence, the authorities reported that 119 people have been killed, including 31 children and 19 women. Israel reports eight killed since the outbreak of serious communal violence at the weekend and the rocketing of Israeli towns and settlements by Hamas. Since the weekend Hamas has fired more than 1,800 rockets, 55 overnight.