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Israel bombs two Gaza high-rises

Israel bombs two Gaza high-rises

Israel bombed two high-rise buildings in Gaza City on Tuesday morning. One of the buildings collapsed, and the other was severely damaged.

The two buildings, the Basha Tower and the Italian Complex, included shops, offices, and apartments, most of which were occupied by middle-class Gaza citizens. Gazans evacuated both of the buildings following warnings of impending strikes, but 25 people were still wounded in the Italian Complex attack, according to Gaza health official Ashraf al-Kidra.

"I have become homeless, my children's fear will never be soothed, and something new has now been added to our feelings toward Israel and all the world which has been looking on without doing anything," Nael Mousa, a resident of the Italian Complex, told The Associated Press.

Israel has stated it targets sites that are linked to Hamas militants, saying the group uses civilian buildings for operations. In previous weeks, Israel used precise attacks to hit targets in civilian buildings and high-rises, but the Israeli military has now demolished five towers since Saturday. AP notes that the change in strategy is intended to push professional Gazans into pressuring Hamas to end the conflict.

The war in Gaza has killed 2,133 Palestinians and wounded more than 11,000, AP reports. Sixty-eight Israelis have been killed as well, 64 of whom were soldiers. --Meghan DeMaria

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