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Gaza death toll climbs to 121

At least half of those killed in Israel’s Gaza offensive are women and children.

FILE: Smoke billows from buildings following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City early on 10 July 2014. Picture: AFP.

TEL AVIV - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the rate of nightly and daily of bombing in Gaza is double that of an eight day offensive in 2012 and Israel will not stop until Palestinian rockets attacks seize.

Reports say the death toll from the bombing has hit 121.

A military spokesperson in Tel Aviv says Israel bombed 60 targets overnight, bringing the total hits since the aerial offensive began on Tuesday to more than 1,000 targets.

The figures are startling and they continue to climb.

At least half of those killed in Gaza are women and children.

No Israelis have so far been killed although some have been wounded.

Gaza hospitals are struggling to cope.

Patients are being treated on the floor.

Emergency rooms are overcrowded and medicines are running low.

Fuel shortages mean that only half the ambulances are working.

All efforts to reach a seize fire has so far failed.

American President Barack Obama is offering to facilitate talks, but Netanyahu says he will only stop the airstrikes when Hamas stops firing rockets.

Meanwhile, Israeli troops continue to mass along the border in preparation for a ground offensive should the green light be given.