Israeli air strike destroys residential tower block in Gaza City

by Reuters
Saturday, 23 August 2014 17:20 GMT

Smoke rises following what witnesses said were Israeli air strikes in Gaza, August 23, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot

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GAZA, Aug 23 (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike destroyed a 13-storey residential tower block in the centre of Gaza City on Saturday and initial reports said 17 people were wounded, the Israeli army and Gaza health officials said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the building, which collapsed completely, had been used as a command centre by Hamas militants. Local residents said the building housed 44 families. (Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)