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Israeli strikes hit Gaza as violence escalates

Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza into Wednesday morning, as the Islamist group and other Palestinian militants fired multiple rocket barrages at Tel Aviv and the Southern city of Beer Sheva.

One multi-story residential building in Gaza collapsed and another was heavily damaged after they were repeatedly hit by Israeli air strikes.

Israel said its jets had targeted and killed several Hamas intelligence leaders early in the day. Other strikes targeted what the military said were rocket launch sites, Hamas offices and the homes of Hamas leaders.

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