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Panicked Gazans bundle into ambulances after massive Israeli air strike

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STORY: An Israeli air strike destroyed a 13-storey residential tower block in the centre of Gaza City on Saturday (August 23) and initial reports said 17 people were wounded, the Israeli army and Gaza health officials said.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the building, which collapsed completely, had been used as a command centre by Hamas militants. Local residents said the building housed 44 families.

Egypt called on Israel and the Palestinians on Saturday to halt fire and resume peace talks, but violence continued unabated with Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip and Hamas militants firing rockets at the Jewish state.

A senior Egyptian diplomat said the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, had informed Egypt's president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, that Hamas was prepared to come to Cairo for further talks. Hamas did not immediately confirm the report. Israel also had no immediate comment.

The Israeli military said it