Air strikes pound Gaza as Israel presses offensive

Palestinians on August 24, 2014 look through the rubble of a 12-storey apartment building that was hit by an Israeli air strike in Gaza City the day beforeIsraeli air strikes pounded Gaza Sunday, killing at least 16 people, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the bloody offensive would continue as long as necessary. Israel and Hamas, who have been fighting for 48 days, looked unlikely to end their deadly face-off even after Egypt called for an indefinite ceasefire and new truce talks to end a war that has killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and 68 Israelis, mostly soldiers. One of Sunday’s air strikes killed Hamas financial official Mohammed al-Ghul as he was travelling by car in Gaza City, Israel’s army said in a statement. Gaza medics confirmed the death.

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