Israel bombards 11-storey building housing foreign media in Gaza city

A building that housed international media offices including of the Associated Press, Al Jazeera in the Gaza Strip was hit by an Israeli air raid that demolished the structure.

Reports of any casualties in Saturday’s attack are awaited.

The 11-storey Al-Jalaa building housed a number of residences and other offices, crashing to the ground after being bombed as dust and debris flew into the air.

Israeli media reportedly telephoned a resident of the building about an hour before it was hit.

The building was struck by at least three missiles.

In a statement released shortly afterwards, the Israeli military said the building housed military assets belonging to Hamas that rules Gaza.

In Gaza, at least 140 people have been killed, including 39 children and 22 women, since the Israeli bombardment began on Monday.

In Israel, at least nine people have been killed in rocket attacks from armed groups in Gaza.

Early on Saturday, an air attack hit a three-storey house in Gaza City’s Shati refugee camp, killing eight children and two women from an extended family.