29 killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza

29 killed in Israeli airstrike on Gaza

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Gaza, April 12 (IANS) At least 29 people were killed in an Israeli airstrike on a residential building here on Friday, Palestinian news and information agency WAFA reported.

Dozens of people were injured in the airstrike, said the report, without giving further details, Xinhau news agency reported.

The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement on Friday that the airforce has attacked more than 60 targets in the Gaza Strip during the past 24 hours.

Decomposed bodies of 13 people have been recovered from the Al-Balad area and the Al-Amal neighborhood in Khan Yunis Governorate.

Details are awaited

In Israel's response to the October 7 Hamas attack, 33,545 people have been killed.

Israel vows 'appropriate response' if Iran attacks its territory

 Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant has vowed an "appropriate response" if Iran attacks his country's territory.

"A direct Iranian attack on Israeli territory will require an appropriate Israeli response against Iran," Gallant told US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin on Thursday during a phone conversation on preparations for a possible Iranian retaliatory attack, Xinhua news agency reported.

During the conversation, Gallant detailed the Israeli preparations and emphasised that Israel "will not tolerate an Iranian attack on its territory".

It was the second time the two officials had talked over the past week.

The US Intelligence officials have assessed that Iran could launch a counter-attack soon in response to the killing of seven Iranians in an Israeli airstrike on Iran's consulate in Syria on April 1.

Earlier on Thursday, Commander of the US Central Command Michael Kurilla arrived in Israel for talks with Gallant and Herzi Halevi, the Chief of the General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, to coordinate responses to a potential Iranian attack.