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An Israeli sniper has admitted to killing 13 children in the Gaza Strip in one day, as Tel Aviv continues its aerial and ground attacks in the besieged enclave.
Posting on an Instagram account, David Ovadia released a photo of himself holding a sniper rifle.
The image with his post, however, was deleted entirely by hackers from an anonymous group. The group has launched hundreds of attacks on Israeli websites over the past two years.
The move was reportedly followed by the group’s cyber attacks on Israel’s Mossad and Ministry of Military Affairs.
The development comes as Tel Aviv claims that its military has been targeting Palestinian fighters from resistance group Hamas and described the growing death toll in the enclave as collateral damage.
Israel has been pounding the Gaza Strip since July 8. Israeli forces also began a ground offensive against the impoverished Palestinian land on July 17. More than 300 children have so far been killed.
More than 1,370 Palestinians have been killed and thousands of others injured by Israel’s offensive.
The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, has been launching retaliatory attacks against Israel.
Israeli sources have confirmed the deaths of 56 soldiers. However, Hamas says the toll is much higher.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to complete the destruction of Gaza tunnels with or without a ceasefire.
Tel Aviv also mobilized 16,000 reservists for the ground military operations in Gaza, putting the total number at 86,000.
Tel Aviv has targeted hospitals, clinics, and shelters over the past 24 days.