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Israel-Palestine conflict highlights: Israel destroys Gaza tower housing AP and Al Jazeera offices; Hezbollah fighter killed at Israel border buried

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Israel-Palestine Conflict highlights: The decades-old Israel-Palestine conflict has flared up yet again with Israel has now attacking Gaza from land, air, and sea. Israel's bombardment of the Gaza Strip continued early Saturday when an airstrike on a house in Gaza City killed at least seven Palestinians — the highest number of fatalities in a single hit. According to the latest government figures, 137 Palestinians -- including 36 children -- have been killed, while 9 Israelis died. The death toll is expected to rise as Israeli assaults hit the Shati refugee camp in Gaza, killing at least two women and six children, while others are buried under the rubble. According to UN approximations, 10,000 Palestinians have left their homes to take refugee in UN shelters. Despite international calls of an immediate halt of hostilities, Hamas fired another barrage of rockets towards Israel killing nine. Meanwhile, violence continues to brew in the occupied West Bank, killing 11 Palestinians. Catch all the live updates here.

Israel-Palestine conflict highlights: Israel destroys Gaza tower housing AP and Al Jazeera offices; Hezbollah fighter killed at Israel border buried
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    Israel-Palestine conflict highlights: Israel destroys Gaza tower housing AP and Al Jazeera offices; Hezbollah fighter killed at Israel border buried
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The Israel-Palestine exodus began soon after the Israeli missiles struck the Gaza apartment building.
Carrying luggage, personal documents and valuables, residents walked away from the damaged structure, where an air strike wrecked two apartments that they said was used by the Interior Ministry, run by Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group. Some children clutched dolls.
"Israel is bombing civilians in their homes because they are unable to face the men from the resistance. We are easier targets for them," said one woman, who gave her name only as Umm Hassan.
Residents on both sides have sought cover as rocket attacks and air strikes have escalated since Monday into the heaviest fighting between Israel and Hamas since a 2014 war in Gaza. Israel rejects allegations that it targets civilians.
Without referring to any specific incident, Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus told reporters: "We are definitely very mindful of civilian casualties in Gaza and we want to minimise them. That's the priority."
In Tel Aviv, where sirens blared repeatedly early on Wednesday, heralding rocket barrages launched from Gaza, Margo Aronovic, a 26-year-old student, spoke of "a really scary night".
Nir Livnat, 26, a construction services worker, said his adrenaline kicked in when the sirens sounded.
"You know you need to find a shelter," he said. "After you find a shelter, you see everybody. It's very (warming) to see everybody helping each other. We take care of each other."
In a separate Israeli air strike in Gaza that destroyed a multi-storey apartment building and which local residents said also housed a Hamas office, Israel had warned its occupants to leave. And out they came.
There was no such tip-off before the strike against the building that housed the Interior Ministry's "Foreign Affairs Department", which issued entry permits to Gaza, one resident, Nawal Khader, told Reuters.
One of the missiles struck the road outside the building, sending smoke and dust into apartments. "They didn't warn us. We would have left before the airstrikes if they did," Khader said.
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