- Title: Gaza tower block collapses after Israeli air strike, witnesses say
- Date: 11th May 2021
- Summary: GAZA CITY, GAZA (MAY 11, 2021) (VIDEO OBTAINED BY REUTERS) TOWER COLLAPSING IN GAZA CITY AFTER BEING HIT BY ISRAELI AIR STRIKE VARIOUS OF VIEW OF SMOKING COMING FROM TOWER HIT BY ISRAELI AIR STRIKE VIEW OF EXPLOSION, SMOKE COMING OUT OF TOWER, FIRE BURNING AT BOTTOM OF TOWER VIEW OF EXPLOSION VARIOUS OF SMOKE COMING OUT OF TOWER HIT BY ISRAELI STRIKE
- Embargoed: 25th May 2021 18:46
- Keywords: Gaza Hamas Israel air strike
- Location: GAZA CITY, GAZA
- City: GAZA CITY, GAZA
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Middle East
- Reuters ID: LVA001ECIRUBR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: VIDEO QUALITY AS INCOMING
A 13-storey residential block in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Tuesday (May 11) night after being hit by an Israeli air strike, witnesses said.
Video footage showed three plumes of thick smoke rising from the tower, its upper stories still intact until it collapsed to the ground. The tower houses an office that is used by the political leadership of Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas.
Electricity in the area around the building went out after the collapse. Residents were using flashlights to search for personal belongings nearby.
Israel had sent 80 jets to bomb Gaza on Tuesday and massed tanks on the border as rocket barrages hit Israeli towns for a second day, deepening a conflict in which at least 28 people in the Palestinian enclave and two in Israel have been killed.
The most serious outbreak of fighting since 2019 between Israel and armed factions in Gaza was triggered by clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa Mosque on Monday.
Residents of the tower and people living nearby had been warned to evacuate the area around an hour before the air strike, according to witnesses. It was not immediately clear if the building had been fully evacuated, or if there were casualties.
(Production: Suheir Sheikh)
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