Rocket launched from Gaza hits house in southern Israel, causes damage and lightly wounds several Israelis. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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A rocket launched from Gaza early on Tuesday (August 26) hit a house in the southern Israeli town of Ashkelon and lightly wounded four Israelis, local media reported.
Before dawn, Israeli air strikes killed two Palestinians and destroyed much of one of Gaza's tallest apartment and office buildings, setting off huge explosions and wounding 20 people, Palestinian health officials said.
Israel had no immediate comment on the attacks that took place as Egyptian mediators stepped up efforts to achieve an elusive ceasefire to end seven weeks of fighting.
Palestinian health officials say 2,125 people, most of them civilians, including more than 490 children, have been killed in Gaza since July 8, when Israel launched an offensive with the declared aim of ending rocket fire into its territory.
Sixty-four Israeli soldiers and four civilians in Israel have been killed.
The attacks followed a day of heavy rocket fire at Israel, whose military said more than 130 rockets and mortar bombs were fired from Gaza on Monday, one of them injuring a civilian.
Hamas claimed responsibility for firing rockets at Tel Aviv, at least one of which was shot down by Israel's Iron Dome interceptor. Warning sirens were also heard in Israeli communities bordering Ben-Gurion International Airport.
Israeli air strikes on Tuesday killed at least nine Palestinians in Gaza.
Despite the raging violence, there were signs the sides might be edging toward a new ceasefire.
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