Netanyahu warns Gazans after Israel destroys 13-story building
Sunday, August 24, 2014 - 02:10
A massive Israeli airstrike flattens a 13-story apartment block, taking the war in Gaza to a new level, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warns Palestinian civilians to leave any site where militants are operating. Mana Rabiee reports.
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An Israeli airstrike, Saturday, on a 13-story apartment block in Gaza City....
The attack wounded 17 people and takes the war in Gaza - now in its seventh week -- to a new level.
Israel had warned residents to evacuate the building, which it said housed a Hamas command center.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is warning Palestinian civilians that more strikes could be coming.
(SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING:
"Hamas will pay and pay heavily for its crimes. I call on the inhabitants of Gaza to evacuate immediately every site from which Hamas is carrying out terrorist activity. Every one of these places is a target for us."
His tough talk may indicate a move towards bolder strikes in Gaza's densely populated neighborhoods.
But for residents of the apartment block, the immediate problem is salvaging their belongings in the massive pile of rubble that used to be their home.
(SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RESIDENT OF THE DESTROYED TOWER, HISHAM SAFTAWE, SAYING:
"We were shocked - the last thing we were expecting is that they target a civilian residential tower where there are 500 to 600 people. They said they targeted the resistance here, there are no resistance, we are civilians here."
As Gazans quietly sift through the debris in one part of the city...
…in another, they respond to another Israeli air strike. This strike targeted a car and killed the driver.
Medical officials say 6 people were killed in Israeli strikes on Sunday.
As is custom, the victim is quickly buried.
Another funeral, too, but this one, on the other spectrum of the conflict.
Israelis buried a four-year-old who was killed Friday by mortar fire.
Daniel Tragman was the first Israeli child killed in the conflict, which to date, has taken close to 2,200 lives and shows no sign of ending.
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