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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.

Palestinians look through the rubble of a 13-storey apartment building that collapsed, after it was hit by an Israeli air strike, the day before in Gaza City on Aug 24, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: AFP
 
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