World Al Jazeeera office in Gaza destroyed by Israeli air strike
Fears of war as Israel-Gaza violence escalates
The barrage of Palestinian militant rockets and Israeli airstrikes grows, in the worst violence in years.More than 1,000 rockets have now been fired by Palestinian militants over 38 hours, Israel said, most at Tel Aviv.
A building that has housed international media offices including Al Jazeera’s in the Gaza Strip was hit by an Israeli air strike that totally demolished the structure.
It was not immediately clear if there were casualties in the attack. Images showed the building crashing to the ground after being bombed as dust and debris flew into into air.
Residents of the building, which also houses The Associated Press bureau, had been warned of the strike an hour prior.
The building also contained a number of apartments and other offices.
In Gaza, at least 139 people have been killed since Monday, including 39 children and 22 women. In Israel eight people have been killed, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier.
Early Saturday, an Israeli air strike hit a three-story house in Gaza City’s Shati refugee camp, killing eight children and two women from an extended family.
In Gaza, at least 140 people have been killed, including 39 children and 22 women. In Israel, seven people have been killed, including a 5-year-old boy and a soldier.
Senior Hamas commander killed in airstrike
Hamas militants have announced one of their most senior leaders in Gaza has been killed in an airstrike amid the worst violence in the region since 2014. © Reuters Smoke and flames rise from a tower building as it is destroyed by Israeli air strikes Gaza City commander Bassem Issa is the highest-ranking Hamas figure to be killed since the war there seven years ago.Israeli security services said he is one of 16 key Hamas members to die in the fighting that began on Monday.
Early Saturday, an air strike hit a three-story house in Gaza City’s Shati refugee camp, killing eight children and two women from an extended family.
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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas Wants Israel's 'War Crimes' Punished by International Courts .
Israel said it has avoided civilians and given warnings ahead of some airstrikes, and that it is attacking only militant groups. Abbas is the head of the internationally backed Palestinian Authority, which was forced out of Gaza by the militant Hamas group in 2007. The Palestinian Authority now holds limited autonomy in parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The International Criminal Court launched an investigation earlier this year into possible war crimes committed by Israel against Palestinian civilians during the last Gaza war in 2014. For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.