Israel kills 10 members of Gaza family, bombs tower housing foreign media


Israeli warplanes kill eight children and two women of single extended family in Shati refugee camp. Separately, Israel bombs building housing The Associated Press, Al Jazeera and a number of offices and apartments in Gaza City.

A Gaza tower block housing the offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera has collapsed after being struck by Israeli missiles, hours after Israeli warplanes killed ten members of a family in a refugee camp.

The building also contained a number of apartments and other offices.

The strike brought the entire 12-story building down, collapsing with a gigantic cloud of dust.

There was no immediate explanation for why the building was targeted.

Israel “destroyed Jala Tower in the Gaza Strip, which contains the Al Jazeera office and other international press offices,” Al Jazeera said in a tweet, with an AP journalist saying the army had warned the tower’s owner ahead of the strike.

10 members of family killed

Earlier on Saturday, ten members of a single extended family were killed in an Israeli air strike on the western Gaza, according to medics in the besieged Palestinian enclave.

The eight children and two women were killed when a three-storey building in Shati refugee camp collapsed following an Israeli strike, medical sources said.

Israeli warplanes struck multiple targets in Gaza overnight, while Palestinian resistance groups fired some 200 rockets at southern Israel, around 30 of which fell short, hitting the ground inside Gaza, the Israeli military said.

Speaking outside Shifa hospital in Gaza City, the father of four of the children, Muhammad al Hadidi, said he wanted “the unjust world to see these crimes”.

“They were safe in their homes, they did not carry weapons, they did not fire rockets,” he said of his children, who were killed “wearing their clothes for Eid al Fitr”, the holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

Both Hadidi and Mohammad Abu Hattab, his brother-in-law and host, were away from Hattab’s home when it collapsed.

The Abu Hattabs’ five-month-old baby also survived.

‘War crime in its own right’

A spokesman for Hamas that governs Gaza declared the deadly air strike “a war crime in its own right.”

The overall death toll in Gaza since Monday now stands at 139, 39 of them children. Around 950 people have been wounded.

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