Rocket fire, bombings in Gaza intensify

Israeli bombings and Hamas rocket fire continued overnight, following an intense day which saw a 15-story building in the heart of Gaza reduced to rubble by Israeli fighter jets. Correspondent Imtiaz Tyab reports from Tel Aviv.

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- To the Middle East now. Yet again, the setting for conflict and death. Imtiaz Tyab is in Tel Aviv.


IMTIAZ TYAB: Throughout the night, more Israeli bombings and Hamas rocket fire.


It follows an intense day which saw a 15-story building in the heart of Gaza reduced to rubble and a giant cloud of dust by Israeli fighter Jets. Home to the Associated Press and Al Jazeera, journalists were warned to leave ahead of the strike that's being called an assault on press freedom. Reporters can be seen trying to salvage what they can from the wreckage of the tower that Israel says was being used by Hamas intelligence but has offered no evidence. The strike came just 20 minutes after several Hamas rockets were fired at Tel Aviv.


Our team had to run to a bomb shelter in a nearby apartment block. Yeah, we're just getting into a bunker after some sirens went off over Tel Aviv. It's been a few days since we've heard it quite so close to the city. The epicenter of the Hamas rocket attack was a busy intersection where one person was killed. Never has the Hamas rockets struck the heart of Tel Aviv quite like this, and never have we seen damage like this either.

This latest round of violence between Israel and Hamas all started in East Jerusalem, and the looming expulsion of Palestinian families, from their homes by Jewish settlers has spiraled into the most intense fighting seen in seven years. So far, nearly 200 Palestinians and at least 10 Israelis have been killed in the violence that's showing no sign of ending.