At least five persons were killed and 70 others injured in the latest Israeli strike on a hospital in Gaza, Palestinian health ministry sources said, adding that several doctors were also wounded in the attack.

A strike on Deir el-Balah in central Gaza on Tuesday killed five family members, four of them women. One person in nearby Nusseirat and one in Khan Yunis died in the Israeli attacks.

Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said it had targeted a cache of anti-tank missiles in the hospital's ‘immediate vicinity’.

Over 30 members of two Palestinian families also died in Israeli strikes overnight, Gazan health officials said.

The IDF on Tuesday announced that nine soldiers were killed on Monday, raising the number of Israeli military fatalities since the operation commenced to 27.

One of the IDF soldiers has been classified as ‘missing’ in Gaza, the army confirmed on Tuesday.

The IDF Spokesman's Office said three soldiers have been seriously wounded, eight moderately wounded and 19 were lightly wounded during the past 24 hours. Two Israeli civilians have been killed and about a dozen injured.

At least 583 Palestinians, majority of them civilians including women and children, have been killed since Israel launched its Operation Protective Edge on July 8, according to Gaza's health ministry. Some 3,640 were wounded.

UN agencies working in Gaza said that more than 100,000 Gazans have now been displaced and have sought shelter in UNRWA facilities where providing basic necessities ‘is an impossible challenge’.

Death toll climbs to over 600 in Gaza conflict
Total Palestinians killed- 583
Israeli soldiers’ killed-27
Over 3,640 injured in the conflict
One Israeli soldier went ‘missing’
Israel launched Operation Protective Edge on July 8
Over 100,000 Gazans sought shelter in UNRWA facilities
131 rockets and mortars were reportedly fired at Israel

"Civilian casualties are a tragic inevitability of (Hamas') brutal and systematic exploitation of homes, hospitals and mosques in Gaza," the IDF said in a statement.

It said that approximately 131 rockets and mortars were fired at Israel on Monday, of which at least 108 hit Israel and 17 were intercepted.

No casualties were reported from these attacks.

Meanwhile, media on Monday night quoted unnamed Palestinian sources as saying that a humanitarian ceasefire may be announced in Cairo on Tuesday.

The sources claimed that Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal was expected to arrive in Cairo for the announcement.

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