Israeli strikes hit Gaza tunnels as diplomats work for truce

(AP) — The Israeli military has unleashed a wave of heavy airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, saying it destroyed 15 kilometers of militant tunnels and the homes of nine Hamas commanders.

The strikes Monday came as international diplomats worked to end the week of fighting that has killed hundreds of people.

The Israeli military said the latest attacks killed a local Gaza leader of the Islamic Jihad militant group.

Residents of Gaza awakened by the overnight barrage described it as the heaviest since the war began, even more powerful than a wave of airstrikes in Gaza City the day before that left 42 dead and flattened three buildings. Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes across Gaza, and militants have launched more than 3,100 rockets into Israel since the fighting began.

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