Netanyahu warns Gaza civilians after Israel destroys 13-storey building
Published on Aug 24, 2014 7:30 PM
GAZA/JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Palestinian civilians on Sunday to leave immediately any site where militants are operating, one day after Israel took the Gaza war to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower.
Israeli aircraft first fired a non-explosive rocket at the building, a sign to residents to get out, before attacking it on Saturday. Seventeen people were wounded in the strike on the structure, which Israel said had housed a Hamas command centre.
"I call on the inhabitants of Gaza to evacuate immediately from every site from which Hamas is carrying out terrorist activity. Every one of these places is a target for us," Mr Netanyahu said in public remarks at a cabinet meeting.
With no end in sight to fighting now in its seventh week, Mr Netanyahu's tough talk could indicate a move towards bolder strikes in densely populated neighbourhoods, even at the risk of raising more international alarm.
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