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Video Shows Collapse Of 12-Storey Gaza Tower
Amateur video footage has emerged of the moment an apartment building in downtown Gaza City was hit by Israeli missiles.
Huge fireballs can be seen erupting after the missiles strike the 12-storey Zafer Tower, part of a group of high rises in the Tel al Hawa neighbourhood.
The building collapses in a cloud of smoke shortly afterwards.
Some 100,000 Gazans have become homeless, with more than 17,000 homes destroyed or damaged beyond repair so far during the conflict, says the UN.
However, Saturday's incident is the first time an entire apartment building has been destroyed.
The Israeli military said the target was a Hamas operations room in the building, but did not say why the whole tower with 44 apartments was brought down.
Police in Gaza said a warning missile was fired five minutes before impact and some residents were able to get out of the building in time.
Gaza hospital officials said 22 people were wounded, including 11 children and five women.
Resident Maher Abu Sedo said two strikes came within seconds of each other.
"People started shouting Allahu Akbar, and women and kids were screaming," he said.
"This is crazy. The state of Israel has resorted to madness.
"In less than a minute, 44 families have become displaced... They lost everything, their house, their money, their memories and their security."
Elsewhere in Gaza, an Israeli airstrike killed two Palestinians in the enclave on Sunday as militants in Gaza kept up rocket fire.
The pace of Israeli raids was slower than Saturday when at least 60 strikes pounded Gaza.
They came after a shell from the territory hit a farming village in southern Israel and killed a four-year-old boy.
Israeli media reported that many residents of communities near the Gaza border were leaving their homes to head for safer areas following the death in the Nahal Oz kibbutz.
Since the fighting began on July 8, Israel has launched some 5,000 airstrikes on Gaza, while militants have fired almost 4,000 rockets and mortars, according to Israel.
More than 2,100 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, have been killed, according to the UN and Palestinian health officials.
Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and four civilians have also died.