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Israeli airstrike collapses Gaza apartment tower

  • A Palestinian boy, along with supporters of Hamas, holds a representation of a rocket as others shout slogans to protest against Israel and to support people in Gaza, during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

    A Palestinian boy, along with supporters of Hamas, holds a representation of a rocket as others shout slogans to protest against Israel and to support people in Gaza, during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)

  • In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the presidential palace, Cairo Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Egypt on Saturday called for an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, urging the Palestinians and Israel to return to indirect talks. The call from the foreign ministry came shortly after Abbas met with el-Sissi in Cairo. (AP Photo/Ahmed Foad, MENA)

    In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the presidential palace, Cairo Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Egypt on Saturday called for an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, urging the Palestinians and Israel to return to indirect talks. The call from the foreign ministry came shortly after Abbas met with el-Sissi in Cairo. (AP Photo/Ahmed Foad, MENA)

  • In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the presidential palace, Cairo Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Egypt on Saturday called for an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, urging the Palestinians and Israel to return to indirect talks. The call from the foreign ministry came shortly after Abbas met with el-Sissi in Cairo. (AP Photo/Ahmed Foad, MENA)

    In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the presidential palace, Cairo Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Egypt on Saturday called for an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, urging the Palestinians and Israel to return to indirect talks. The call from the foreign ministry came shortly after Abbas met with el-Sissi in Cairo. (AP Photo/Ahmed Foad, MENA)

  • A Palestinian sifts through rubble from the damage of their house after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    A Palestinian sifts through rubble from the damage of their house after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • A Palestinian sifts through rubble from the damage of their house after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    A Palestinian sifts through rubble from the damage of their house after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • Palestinians extinguish a fire following an Israeli strike on a building in Gaza, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Arabic writing on wall gives congratulations from relatives on a wedding, "a thousand congratulations." (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Palestinians extinguish a fire following an Israeli strike on a building in Gaza, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Arabic writing on wall gives congratulations from relatives on a wedding, "a thousand congratulations." (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Palestinians extinguish a fire following an Israeli strike on a building in Gaza, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Arabic writing on wall gives congratulations from relatives on a wedding, "a thousand congratulations." (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Palestinians extinguish a fire following an Israeli strike on a building in Gaza, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Arabic writing on wall gives congratulations from relatives on a wedding, "a thousand congratulations." (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Palestinians inspect the damage of their house after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Palestinians inspect the damage of their house after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • Palestinians inspect the damage of their house after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Palestinians inspect the damage of their house after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • A Palestinian inspects the rubble of a three-story building that belongs to the Abu Akleen family after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    A Palestinian inspects the rubble of a three-story building that belongs to the Abu Akleen family after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • A Palestinian inspects the rubble of a three-story building that belongs to the Abu Akleen family after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    A Palestinian inspects the rubble of a three-story building that belongs to the Abu Akleen family after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Palestinians on a motorcycle look at an area damaged after an Israeli airstrike as others inspect the rubble of their family house in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Palestinians on a motorcycle look at an area damaged after an Israeli airstrike as others inspect the rubble of their family house in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Palestinians on a motorcycle look at an area damaged after an Israeli airstrike as others inspect the rubble of their family house in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Palestinians on a motorcycle look at an area damaged after an Israeli airstrike as others inspect the rubble of their family house in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • A Palestinian sits amid the rubble of a three-story building that belongs to the Abu Akleen family after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    A Palestinian sits amid the rubble of a three-story building that belongs to the Abu Akleen family after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • A Palestinian sits amid the rubble of a three-story building that belongs to the Abu Akleen family after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    A Palestinian sits amid the rubble of a three-story building that belongs to the Abu Akleen family after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Palestinians chant Islamic slogans while carrying the body of Ibrahim Hamad, an Islamic Jihad militant, during his funeral in Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Hamad was killed in an Israeli strike while riding a motorcycle Thursday night in Rafah, according to Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)

    Palestinians chant Islamic slogans while carrying the body of Ibrahim Hamad, an Islamic Jihad militant, during his funeral in Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Hamad was killed in an Israeli strike while riding a motorcycle Thursday night in Rafah, according to Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)

  • Palestinian firefighters extinguish a fire following an Israeli air strike on a building in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)

    Palestinian firefighters extinguish a fire following an Israeli air strike on a building in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)

  • Palestinian firefighters extinguish a fire following an Israeli air strike on a building in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)

    Palestinian firefighters extinguish a fire following an Israeli air strike on a building in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)

  • Palestinians take cover as an Israeli strike on a building causes a ball of fire and smoke to rise in the Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)

    Palestinians take cover as an Israeli strike on a building causes a ball of fire and smoke to rise in the Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)

  • Palestinians inspect the damage of their house after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Palestinians inspect the damage of their house after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • Palestinian firefighters work to reopen a main road in front of the rubble of al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Palestinian firefighters work to reopen a main road in front of the rubble of al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Palestinians inspect the rubble of the al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Palestinians inspect the rubble of the al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Palestinians gather in front of the rubble of the al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Palestinians gather in front of the rubble of the al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Palestinian firefighters work to reopen a main road in front of the rubble of al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Palestinian firefighters work to reopen a main road in front of the rubble of al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Palestinians inspect the rubble of the al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

    Palestinians inspect the rubble of the al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

  • Iraqi parliament speaker, Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni, speaks about the Friday attack on the Musab bin Omair Mosque, which killed more than 60 people and escalated sectarian tensions, during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Al-Jabouri said an investigation is underway into the attack on the Sunni mosque in Imam Wais village, northeast of Baghdad. If the attack proves to have been carried out by Shiite militiamen it would deal a major blow to  prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi efforts to reach out to the country's Sunni minority, whose grievances are seen as fueling the Islamic State insurgency. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Iraqi parliament speaker, Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni, speaks about the Friday attack on the Musab bin Omair Mosque, which killed more than 60 people and escalated sectarian tensions, during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Al-Jabouri said an investigation is underway into the attack on the Sunni mosque in Imam Wais village, northeast of Baghdad. If the attack proves to have been carried out by Shiite militiamen it would deal a major blow to prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi efforts to reach out to the country's Sunni minority, whose grievances are seen as fueling the Islamic State insurgency. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

  • A Palestinian boy, along with supporters of Hamas, holds a representation of a rocket as others shout slogans to protest against Israel and to support people in Gaza, during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
  • In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the presidential palace, Cairo Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Egypt on Saturday called for an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, urging the Palestinians and Israel to return to indirect talks. The call from the foreign ministry came shortly after Abbas met with el-Sissi in Cairo. (AP Photo/Ahmed Foad, MENA)
  • In this photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the presidential palace, Cairo Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Egypt on Saturday called for an open-ended cease-fire in the Gaza Strip, urging the Palestinians and Israel to return to indirect talks. The call from the foreign ministry came shortly after Abbas met with el-Sissi in Cairo. (AP Photo/Ahmed Foad, MENA)
  • A Palestinian sifts through rubble from the damage of their house after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
  • A Palestinian sifts through rubble from the damage of their house after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
  • Palestinians extinguish a fire following an Israeli strike on a building in Gaza, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Arabic writing on wall gives congratulations from relatives on a wedding, "a thousand congratulations." (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • Palestinians extinguish a fire following an Israeli strike on a building in Gaza, northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Arabic writing on wall gives congratulations from relatives on a wedding, "a thousand congratulations." (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • Palestinians inspect the damage of their house after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
  • Palestinians inspect the damage of their house after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
  • A Palestinian inspects the rubble of a three-story building that belongs to the Abu Akleen family after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • A Palestinian inspects the rubble of a three-story building that belongs to the Abu Akleen family after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • Palestinians on a motorcycle look at an area damaged after an Israeli airstrike as others inspect the rubble of their family house in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • Palestinians on a motorcycle look at an area damaged after an Israeli airstrike as others inspect the rubble of their family house in Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • A Palestinian sits amid the rubble of a three-story building that belongs to the Abu Akleen family after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • A Palestinian sits amid the rubble of a three-story building that belongs to the Abu Akleen family after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • Palestinians chant Islamic slogans while carrying the body of Ibrahim Hamad, an Islamic Jihad militant, during his funeral in Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. Hamad was killed in an Israeli strike while riding a motorcycle Thursday night in Rafah, according to Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
  • Palestinian firefighters extinguish a fire following an Israeli air strike on a building in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
  • Palestinian firefighters extinguish a fire following an Israeli air strike on a building in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
  • Palestinians take cover as an Israeli strike on a building causes a ball of fire and smoke to rise in the Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)
  • Palestinians inspect the damage of their house after it was destroyed in an Israeli strike late Friday, in Gaza City, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
  • Palestinian firefighters work to reopen a main road in front of the rubble of al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • Palestinians inspect the rubble of the al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • Palestinians gather in front of the rubble of the al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • Palestinian firefighters work to reopen a main road in front of the rubble of al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • Palestinians inspect the rubble of the al-Zafer apartment tower following an Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City, in the northern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
  • Iraqi parliament speaker, Salim al-Jabouri, a Sunni, speaks about the Friday attack on the Musab bin Omair Mosque, which killed more than 60 people and escalated sectarian tensions, during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. Al-Jabouri said an investigation is underway into the attack on the Sunni mosque in Imam Wais village, northeast of Baghdad. If the attack proves to have been carried out by Shiite militiamen it would deal a major blow to  prime minister-designate Haider al-Abadi efforts to reach out to the country's Sunni minority, whose grievances are seen as fueling the Islamic State insurgency. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

Israeli aircraft fired two missiles at a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza City yesterday, collapsing the building, sending a huge fireball into the sky and wounding at least 22 people, including 11 children, witnesses and Palestinian officials said.

Israel has launched some 5,000 airstrikes against Gaza in nearly seven weeks of fighting with Hamas, but yesterday’s strike marked the first time an entire high-rise was toppled. The explosion shook nearby buildings.

The Israeli military said the airstrike targeted a Hamas operations room in the building, but did not explain why the entire tower with 48 apartments was levelled.

Gaza police say Israeli aircraft fired a warning missile at the roof of the tower at dusk, followed five minutes later by two missiles with explosives.

Ayman Sahabani, the head of the emergency room at Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital, said at least 22 people were wounded, including 11 children and five women.

The leveling of the tower was a further sign of escalation following a breakdown of Egyptian-brokered cease-fire talks and the collapse of a temporary truce earlier this week.

The military said Gaza militants fired at least 93 rockets and mortar shells at Israel yesterday. The barrage came a day after a mortar shell from Gaza hit a farming village in southern Israel on Friday, killing a 4-year-old boy.

Israeli media said large numbers of residents of southern Israeli communities near the Gaza border were leaving their homes and heading for safer areas following the death of the boy in Kibbutz Nahal Oz.

“I say whoever can leave, whose presence is not crucial should leave,” said Minister of Public Security Yitzhak Ahronovich during a visit to the south yesterday.

Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon called on southern residents to be ready for a prolonged campaign against Hamas militants.

“In the end we will win,” he said yesterday. “This is a test of staying power and strength.”

Meanwhile, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry urged Israel and Hamas to resume indirect talks and agree to an open-ended cease-fire.

The appeal came yesterday after Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo. Egyptian officials did not say how they expected renewed talks to produce a different outcome after repeated failures.

Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev had no immediate comment regarding the renewed call for a cease-fire. Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Gaza’s ruling Hamas, said the group would consider the Egyptian appeal, but there was no sign it would budge from longstanding demands.

Also yesterday, senior Hamas officials said the group has signed a pledge to back any Palestinian bid to join the International Criminal Court.

Such written consent increases already strong domestic pressure on Abbas to take such a step. Palestinian acceptance of the court’s jurisdiction could expose Israel – as well as Hamas – to war crimes investigations.

The Egyptian-brokered talks and a temporary cease-fire collapsed earlier this week, and fighting has persisted since then.

More than 2,100 Palestinians, including close to 500 children, have been killed since the Gaza war began on July 8, according to Palestinian officials and U.N. figures. Israel lost 64 soldiers and four civilians. The U.N. says three-fourths of those killed in Gaza have been civilians.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed Hamas for the collapse of the most recent cease-fire. In a phone conversation with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Netanyahu alleged that Hamas has violated 11 cease-fires since the war started, Netanyahu’s office said.

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