The Israel Defense Forces have leveled at least six high-rises in Gaza since Saturday, according to reports, after fighting between Israel and the militant group Hamas resumed last week.
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) August 26, 2014
The targeted strikes to dismantle tall buildings, some apartments and some shopping complexes were an unprecedented escalation in the conflict. On Saturday, the IDF took down a 12-story building. The Associated Press reported that the military targeted the Zafar tower in Gaza City because of a "Hamas operations room in the building, but did not explain why the entire tower with 44 apartments was brought down."
A seven-floor office building was destroyed in Rafah on Sunday. On Tuesday, a 15-story tower in an upscale neighborhood referred to as "one of Gaza’s finest residential buildings" was destroyed. It was home to about 70 families. A shopping complex also was taken down, which resulted in 20 injuries.
Here used to stand a 13-floor office building!!!! pic.twitter.com/UJ3mcRfgdx
— Nidal al-Mughrabi (@nidalal) August 26, 2014
More than 2,000 people have died in the conflict, and more than 100,000 Gazans have been rendered homeless. An 'open-ended' cease-fire between Israel and Hamas was announced Tuesday.