Hamas launched a second round of attacks by launching 150 rockets into Israeli territory, further escalating the conflict with Israeli forces.

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The new attack, according to Hamas, was launched in response to Israeli airstrikes that destroyed three buildings of the “Palestine Tower” in al-Rinal neighborhood of Gaza City. AFP journalists reported seeing the three ten-story towers collapse one after the other after explosions.

The Israeli military said it hit “two high-rise buildings” with airstrikes, accusing the “terrorist organization Hamas”, which is in power in Gaza, of protecting its military infrastructure “in the heart of the population” of the Palestinian enclave.

The army stressed that it warned residents before the strikes and “asked them to evacuate the area”.