Rockets fired towards Tel Aviv after Gaza tower block destroyed

Hamas says it launched 130 rockets towards Israel after a residential tower in Gaza collapsed after an Israeli air raid

May 11, 2021
Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP

Hamas has said it fired more than 100 rockets at the Israeli city of Tel Aviv after an Israeli air strike destroyed a tower block in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The 13-storey residential tower in Gaza City collapsed after Israeli air strikes targeted the building on Tuesday. There were no reports of casualties among the residents, who reportedly vacated the Hanadi tower before it was hit.

Video footage showed three plumes of thick smoke rising from the tower, its upper storeys still intact until it collapsed to the ground. The tower houses an office that is used by the political leadership of Hamas, which rules Gaza.

Shortly after the strike, Hamas said it launched dozens of rockets towards Tel Aviv.

Sirens and explosions were heard in the city, located some 45 miles (70 kilometres) north of Gaza.

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