A candlelight vigil was held on Wednesday night for Gaza City residents who lost their homes after an Israeli air strike on an 12-story apartment building. (Aug. 28)
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Gaza City, Gaza Strip - August 27, 2014
1. Crowd gathered near destroyed building to hear speech from officials of Hamas' military wing al-Qassam
2. Al-Qassam fighter holding rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) launcher
3. Various of people gathered by ruins of destroyed building
4. Close of al-Qassam fighter wearing balaclava
5. Various of al-Qassam fighter holding RPG launcher
6. Young child in uniform holding machine gun and making the victory sign
7. Fighter raising their weapons and cheering
8. Children lighting candles in front of apartment building that collapsed after air strike
9. Various of young girls with candles making the victory sign
A candlelight vigil was held on Wednesday night for Gaza City residents who lost their homes after an Israeli air strike on an 12-story apartment building.
Israel bombed the Zafer Tower in central Gaza City on Saturday, collapsing the structure in an unprecedented strike.
The Israeli military said the missiles targeted a Hamas operations room in the building, but did not explain why the entire tower with 44 apartments was brought down.
Residents were warned to evacuate before the strikes but 22 people were wounded, including 11 children and five women, according to Gaza hospital officials.
Nearby the vigil, a spokesperson from Hamas' military wing al-Qassam addressed a crowd over the recent cease-fire between Hamas and Israel.
Abu Ubaida claimed victory over Israel, saying Hamas forces "hit the depth of the Zionist enemy".
Both sides have claimed victory over Tuesday's open-ended cease-fire leaving questions over the future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering.