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Israel bombs tallest building in Gaza as two killed in latest clashes

Published 26/08/2014 | 09:03

Fire is seen as a Palestinian man walks amidst the remains of a tower building housing offices, which witnesses said was destroyed by an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City August 26, 2014
Fire is seen as a Palestinian man walks amidst the remains of a tower building housing offices, which witnesses said was destroyed by an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City August 26, 2014
A Palestinian boy cries as he stands in a debris-strewn street near his family's house, which witnesses said was damaged by an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 26, 2014
A Palestinian boy carries belongings near his family's damaged house, which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 26, 2014
Palestinians stand near their belongings outside their house, which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip August 26, 2014

Israel has bombed two large high-rise buildings in Gaza City with dozens of homes and shops - an escalation in the seven weeks of fighting with Hamas.

Police in Gaza say the 15-floor Basha Tower with apartments and offices was levelled in the attack. The second building, the Italian Complex with 72 apartments and 60 stores, was badly damaged.

The towers were evacuated before the attacks. A Gaza health official said 25 people were wounded in the strike on the Italian Complex.

Israel says it targeted sites linked to militants, but made no references to the two buildings. The Jewish state says Hamas often operates from civilian locations.

This is the second time since the weekend that Gaza high-rises have been toppled in an apparent attempt to increase pressure on Hamas.

Press Association

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