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Sunday November 18, 2012 06:10:13 AM, Agencies

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Ramallah: Arab leaders will visit Gaza Sunday to take stock of the situation after Israeli air raids against Islamic militants left about 40 people dead.

Arab League secretary-general Nabil Al-Arabi and several Arab foreign ministers will visit the coastal enclave Sunday, the Palestinian National Authority said.

Israel has carried out more than 600 air strikes since Wednesday in retaliation of the missile attacks on its territory by Islamic militants, Xinhua reported.

 

On Saturday, Hamas movement's headquarters in Gaza were destroyed in deadly Israeli air raids as the two sides continued to exchange missiles in escalating violence in the region.

The five-storey building was hit by five or six missiles or bombs in quick succession around 4 a.m., smashing windows in buildings nearby and starting a huge fire, a witness told RIA Novosti.

Witness reports said extensive damage was done to the building, in which Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniye received Egypt's Prime Minister Hisham Qandil during a visit Friday.

"The cabinet headquarters was targeted with four strikes and the government stresses that it remains committed to its positions and its stand alongside the people," the Hamas government said in a statement.

 

Eyewitnesses and Hamas officials said the building located in the Nasser neighborhood of Gaza City was virtually leveled in the strike.

“The headquarters was completely destroyed and neighboring houses were damaged as a result of the barbaric Israeli bombing,” a Hamas official told AFP.

The government building had only recently been constructed after an Israeli military operation in Gaza in 2008-09 in which over 1,000 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed.


 






 




 


 

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