Latest figures show the Palestinian death toll from Israel’s aerial and ground offensives against the blockaded Gaza Strip has risen to at least 1,654. This comes as Palestinian officials reported more than 150 airstrikes, including one against the Islamic University of Gaza. Several Palestinians died in the latest attacks in central and southern Gaza on Saturday. At least 19 bodies have been recovered from the ruins of homes in the eastern areas of Rafah. Initial reports say more than 150 Palestinians were killed over the past 24 hours in Israel’s heavy bombardment of the besieged Palestinian coastal enclave. The fresh attacks were launched after it was reported that an Israeli soldier had been captured by Palestinian resistance fighters. The main hospitals across Gaza have been evacuated because of the Israeli strikes. Israel's warplanes and tanks have bombed several hospitals across the besieged region over the past few days. Palestinian Health Ministry sources say at least 1,654 Palestinians have been killed and 9,000 others injured in 26 days of Israel’s assaults on Gaza. Most of the casualties are civilians including women and children. A large number of children have been killed in Israel’s merciless onslaught on the Gaza Strip, but the international community has been mostly silent. The UN says over 80 percent of the killed Palestinians have been civilians, including more than 300 children. A Press TV correspondent says Palestinian children are now talking about their horrible experiences in about four weeks of Israel's Gaza war. The UN is expected to launch an investigation into the Israeli regime’s war crimes in the Palestinian impoverished territory.