An Israeli airstrike destroyed a 14-story building in Gaza City. The destroyed Al-Shorouk Tower includes the headquarters of Al-Aqsa Radio, Al-Aqsa TV, Al-Quds Today satellite channel, media offices, shops, and apartments. Correspondents reported that Israeli aircraft fired two “warning” missiles, then eight missiles that completely destroyed the tower and caused severe damage to a number of neighboring buildings. As soon as the warning missiles fell, the residents of the tower left their apartments. The tower, hundreds of meters away from the Legislative Council headquarters in western Gaza City, contains residential apartments, offices, and shops.
Minutes after the tower was destroyed, the Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, fired 130 missiles at the cities of Ashkelon, Sderot, Netivot, and Tel Aviv, “in response to the bombing of the Sunrise Tower, and as an initial response to the assassination of a group of Qassam leaders, according to what it announced in a brief statement.” On Wednesday afternoon, Al-Qassam announced the martyrdom of the commander of the Gaza Brigade in the battalions and a number of commanders and elements in Israeli raids on resistance sites in the Gaza Strip. Since the morning, the Israeli occupation air forces launched dozens of airstrikes on resistance sites in the Gaza Strip and the police headquarters in Gaza City, as well as civilian homes and cars. Dozens of martyrs fell today, including children and women, and the death toll of Palestinian martyrs in the Gaza Strip rose to 56 as a result of the Israeli aggression for the third day in a row. The Palestinian Ministry of Health said that the number of victims of the Israeli aggression on Gaza rose to 56, including 14 children, five women, an elderly man, and 335 injuries