Israeli airstrikes across the Gaza Strip killed more than 127 people overnight, according to Gaza authorities, including strikes on two residential towers in Rafah, the southernmost area of the territory next to the border with Egypt that is housing more than half of Gaza’s 2.3 million population.
Palestinian news agency Wafa, also reports a strike on a kindergarten in Rafah that had been converted into a makeshift shelter which killed at least two.
As Hamas reviewed a proposal for a halt in the nearly four-month war, the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, was expected to arrive in the region on Sunday, his fifth trip since the 7 October attacks which killed at least 1,200 people, and saw about 250 hostages taken by Hamas.
Bombardments of Gaza from land, air and sea have so far killed at least 27,000 people since October, with more than twice that number reported wounded and thousands more believed to be buried under the rubble.
Fears that Rafah could be in the crosshairs of Israeli forces come amid increasingly fierce divisions within Israel over the direction of the war, and pressure on mediators to reach a swift ceasefire agreement.