– Israel levels high-rise buildings in Gaza: ‘They housed Hamas op centers’ (RT, Aug 24, 2014):
IDF air strikes have leveled two multi-story buildings in Gaza; both are said to have housed Hamas facilities. The new tactic of bringing down entire buildings has been tested amid a new escalation of tensions in the Israeli-Gaza conflict.
A seven-story office building in the Gaza Strip’s southern town of Rafah was completely destroyed by an Israeli strike on Sunday morning, according to eyewitnesses. It’s not yet clear if there were injured or dead in the attack
Another strike in the same city hit a two-story shopping center, wounding seven and badly damaging the building.
The Israeli military claim both the buildings housed facilities linked to Palestinian militants. One of the offices in the leveled seven-story Zourab building belonged to the Hamas-run interior ministry, AP reports.
The bombing of Rafah started within hours of an airstrike, which destroyed a residential 12-story block of apartments, also known as Zafer Tower, in Gaza City. 22 people were wounded in the attack, according to local health officials.
A spokeswoman for the Israeli military said the building was being used as a command center by Hamas militants.
Israeli media say the Hamas apartment was on the fourth floor of the high-rise building and the IDF would in the past have carried out a pinpoint strike targeting that particular apartment, while leaving the building standing.
The tactics have changed, reflected in the leaflets the IDF distributed over Gaza warning Palestinians their houses could be targeted, if they are used by Hamas.
“Every house from which militant activity is carried out, will be targeted. For your own safety, prevent terrorists from utilizing your property for terror agendas, and stay away from every site in which terrorist organizations are operating,” the leaflet reads.