UPDATE | Hamas rocket barrage on Israel kills child, 6

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Smoke rises from 14-story building as Israeli fighter jets continue to pound a Palestinian building called "Ash-Shuruq" at Omar Al-Mukhtar neighbourhood in the Gaza Strip.
Smoke rises from 14-story building as Israeli fighter jets continue to pound a Palestinian building called "Ash-Shuruq" at Omar Al-Mukhtar neighbourhood in the Gaza Strip.
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  • Another multi-storey building has fallen in Gaza after an Israeli airstrike. 
  • Earlier in the day, an airstrike killed 16 Hamas members. 
  • Gaza militants had killed an Israeli soldier.

Hamas said it fired a barrage of rockets Wednesday towards central and southern Israel, where rescue workers reported one of them killed a six-year-old boy.

The Islamist militia said in a statement that it launched 130 rockets in response to an Israeli air raid that levelled the Al-Sharouk tower in Gaza City.

AFP reporters and the Israeli army confirmed sirens were sounding in several southern communities and the Tel Aviv area.

Various locations in Israel's south were hit by a number of rockets, resulting in wounds and a death, medics said.

"A six-year-old boy was killed when a rocket fired from Gaza struck a residential building in Sderot," United Hatzalah said.

Magen David Adom medics said they were treating six others in Sderot, as well as in coastal city Ashkelon.

The Al-Sharouk tower, which housed the bureau of the Al-Aqsa television channel, is the third tall structure levelled by Israeli fire since the bombing campaign began on Monday.

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Smoke rises from 14-story building as Israeli fighter jets continue to pound a Palestinian building called "Ash-Shuruq" at Omar Al-Mukhtar neighbourhood in the Gaza Strip.

Gaza militants have launched more than 1,000 rockets since Monday, according to Israel's army, which has carried out hundreds of air strikes on Islamist groups in the crowded coastal enclave of Gaza.

Bombardment

An Israeli air strike destroyed a multi-storey building in Gaza City on Wednesday, AFP reporters said, as the Jewish state continued its heavy bombardment of the Palestinian enclave.

The Al-Sharouk tower, which housed the bureau of the Al-Aqsa television channel, is the third tall structure levelled by Israeli fire since the bombing campaign began on Monday.

On the back of this, Hamas said it fired 130 rockets at Israel in retaliation, as air raid sirens wailed across Israel, including in Tel Aviv.

The Islamist militia said in a statement that its barrage was a response to Israel's levelling of the Al-Sharouk tower, while AFP reporters and the Israeli army confirmed sirens were sounding in several southern communities and the Tel Aviv area.

Earlier in the day, Israel said it killed 16 members of the Hamas military wing in a Gaza air strike on Wednesday and Palestinian militants rained rockets into Israel as global concern mounted over their most intense hostilities in years.

At least 53 people have been killed in Gaza since violence escalated on Monday, according to the enclave's health ministry. Six people have been killed in Israel, medical officials said.

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Palestinians evacuate a building targeted by Isaeli warplanes conducting airstrikes in various parts of Gaza Strip in Gaza City, Gaza.

Israel's Shin Bet security service said the brigade commander for Gaza City was among senior members of the Islamist militant group Hamas who had been killed.

"This is just the beginning. We'll hit them like they've never dreamed possible," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.

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Soon after the announcement, a new rocket barrage was fired at the Israeli city of Ashdod and Israeli media said the military was preparing for new salvoes on the Tel Aviv area.

Hamas confirmed the brigade commander's death and the loss of "other leaders and warriors" and said in a statement: "Thousands of leaders and soldiers will follow in their footsteps.".

Meanwhile, an Israeli soldier was killed on Wednesday when Palestinian militants in Gaza fired an anti-tank missile near the border, the army said, amid tit-for-tat rocket fire and air strikes.

A statement from the army identified the soldier as Omer Tabib, 21, who was "killed this morning by the anti-tank missile launched by the Hamas terror group from Gaza at Israel".

The military wing of Hamas had earlier announced it had targeted an Israeli military jeep across from northern Gaza with a missile.

- Additional reporting by AFP

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