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Israeli air strike destroys high-rise building in Gaza after people were given an hour to get out

AN Israeli air strike yesterday destroyed a high-rise building in Palestine’s Gaza City after people were given an hour to get out.

Generals called the landlord before the 12-storey Jala Tower came down in a cloud of dust.

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It contained flats and the offices of media including Associated Press and Al Jazeera.

Israel claimed it housed “military assets” of Palestine’s Hamas.

AP chief Gary Pruitt called the attack “incredibly disturbing” and said they were trying to learn more.

He added: “We narrowly avoided a terrible loss of life.”

Earlier ten people, including eight children, died when Israeli bombs hit a house at a camp west of Gaza City.

Mohammed Hadidi said his wife, who’d been visiting for Eid, died and only his five-month-old son Omar is known to have survived.

Witnesses said toys, a Monopoly game and plates of food were among the rubble.

Hamas responded by firing dozens of rockets at cities in Israel, killing one man near Tel Aviv.

The attacks came as Palestinians marked the eviction of 700,000 people from their homes in 1948 to make way for Israel’s creation.

US diplomat Hady Amr is trying to de-escalate the conflict. Israel has reportedly turned down an Egyptian proposal for a year’s truce.

Hamas has fired 2,000 rockets at Israel since the current conflict began on Monday. Israel retaliated with strikes on Gaza.

At least 139 Palestinians have been killed, including 39 children. Eight Israelis have died.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that Hamas will pay a very heavy price for its rocket attacks as Israel has massed troops at the frontier.

And US President Joe Biden has expressed support for Israel while saying he hopes to bring the violence under control.

Meanwhile a pro-Palestinian demo in London was addressed by former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

He was suspended by the party in 2020 in an anti-Semitism row.

Thousands join Central London protest against Gaza violence

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