Gaza war: 48 days, over 2,100 deaths – Rediff.com News

Last updated on: August 24, 2014 20:53 IST

An explosion caused by an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza City.

An explosion caused by an Israeli air strike on a house in Gaza City.

Harinder Mishra

At least 12 Palestinians were killed on Sunday in Israeli air strikes on Gaza with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowing that the military offensive would continue as long as necessary, even as the death toll in the 48-day war neared 2,200.

Israel on Sunday took its military campaign to a new level by flattening a 13-storey apartment tower in Gaza following a warning to residents to evacuate.

The strikes in the southern town of Rafah came just hours after Israel bombed an apartment tower in GazaCity, collapsing the 12-storey building with 44 apartments. Around 30 people were wounded but no one was killed, officials said.

The targeting of large buildings appears to be part of a new military tactic by Israel. Over the weekend, the army began warning Gaza residents in automated phone calls that it would target buildings harbouring “terrorist infrastructure” and that they should stay away.

via Gaza war: 48 days, over 2,100 deaths – Rediff.com News.

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