Israel bombed two Gaza City high-rise buildings today, levelling one and severely damaging the other. The blocks contained dozens of homes and shops.

Since Saturday, it has toppled or destroyed five towers and shopping complexes in an apparent new tactic aimed at increasing pressure on Hamas.

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Palestinian women stand next to the remains of one of Gaza City's tallest apartment towers after it was hit by an Israeli air strike(Reuters)

In the past, the military has hit targets in high-rises in pinpoint strikes, but left the buildings standing.

Tuesday's strikes levelled the 15-storey Basha Tower with apartments and offices and severely damaged the Italian Complex, built in the 1990s by an Italian businessman, with dozens of shops and offices. Both buildings were evacuated after receiving warnings of impending strikes.

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Palestinian residents inspect the remains of a high rise building destroyed by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City(AFP)
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A Palestinian woman carries some of her belongings from her damaged home across the street from the destroyed high rise apartment in Gaza City(AFP)
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Mohamed al-Remawi is helped by his friend Mohamed Labbad as they navigate a pile of rubble after looking in vain for important documents belonging to Remawi's family at a high rise apartment building in Gaza City(AFP)

Israeli airstrikes levelled a seven-floor office building and severely damaged a two-story shopping centre in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday.

A total of eight people were killed in Sunday's airstrikes. Israel said one of the dead was a Hamas official involved in handling the group's finances.

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A Palestinian man inspects the ruins of his house in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip after an Israeli air strike(Reuters)
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A Palestinian boy cries as he stands in a debris-strewn street near his family's house, which was damaged by an Israeli air strike in Rafah(Reuters)
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A Palestinian boy sits on a car loaded with his family's belongings near their house, which was hit by an Israeli air strike, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip(Reuters)

Some 100,000 Gazans have become homeless, with more than 17,000 homes destroyed or damaged beyond repair, according to UN figures.

Since the fighting erupted on 8 July, Israel has launched some 5,000 airstrikes on Gaza, while Hamas militants have fired close to 4,000 rockets and mortars, according to the Israeli military.

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The remains of a charitable organisation building are seen in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip(Reuters)
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A Palestinian man searches for his belongings from under the rubble of a house in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip(Reuters)
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A Palestinian man stands near the remains of a building housing a charitable organisation in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, which witnesses said was hit by an Israeli air strike(Reuters)
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A mosque that was hit by an Israeli air strike is seen in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip(Reuters)

 A rocket launched from Gaza caused extensive damage to a home in the southern city of Ashkelon resulting in minor injuries to more than a dozen people.

The crisis has so far claimed the lives of at least 2,133 Palestinians and more than 11,000 wounded, according to Palestinian health officials.

On the Israeli side, 68 people have been killed, all but four of them soldiers.

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Israelis and emergency services gather at the site of a damaged house in the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon after it was hit by a rocket launched from Hamas militants in Gaza(AFP)
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An Israeli Home Front Command soldier escorts a woman in a state of shock minutes after a house in Ashkelon was hit by a rocket(AFP)