Israeli air strike wrecks Gaza tower, wounds 20 people

by Reuters
Monday, 25 August 2014 21:47 GMT

Palestinians carry the dead body of a man after being removed from under the rubble of a house, which witnesses said was destroyed by an Israeli air strike, in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, August 25, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

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GAZA, Aug 26 (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike on Tuesday destroyed much of one of Gaza's tallest apartment and office buildings, setting off huge explosions and wounding 20 people, Palestinian health officials said.

Israel had no immediate comment on the attack.

Seventy families lived in the building, which also housed offices and a shopping complex. Fatalities were averted by warnings issued to residents to vacate the premises and two non-explosive warning missiles fired by drones.

Four missiles fired at the 13-storey building made it list to one side. Hundreds of neighbours in surrounding homes were also evacuating to avoid being hurt if the structure collapses, witnesses said.

(Reporting by Nidal al-Mughrabi; Writing by Allyn Fisher-Ilan)

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