An Israeli assault on northern Gaza killed 35 Palestinians on Saturday, medics said, making it the deadliest day of Israeli-Palestinian fighting in the Hamas-ruled territory in more than a year.
Those killed included at least four children and three women, said Dr Muawiya Hassanein, head of Gaza emergency services.
At least 12 of those killed were militants, including 10 fighters from the Islamist Hamas movement and two from the Islamic Jihad.
The latest operation began before dawn when Israeli tanks supported by helicopters pushed into the town and refugee camp of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip and continued throughout the day.
At least 268 people have been killed since Israel and the Palestinians relaunched formal peace talks at a US conference in November, the vast majority of them Gaza militants, according to an AFP count.
Since the Palestinian uprising erupted in September 2000, at least 6,229 people have been killed, with Palestinians making up the vast majority, according to an AFP tally. (AFP)
Israeli strikes kill 35 in Gaza