Bombed to oblivion in an hour

Last updated 11:10 30/07/2014

One hour of airstrikes condensed into one minute shows a Gaza neighbourhood being levelled.

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It takes years to build a neighbourhood but just an hour to destroy it.

A timelapse video reportedly shows a Gaza neighbourhood razed by Israeli air strikes over one hour. It was tweeted by Buzzfeed's middle east correspondent, Sheera Frenkel.

The footage begins at 4.02 pm GMT, showing a strip of buildings in the Shijaiyah neighbourhood which "begin collapsing amid plumes of thick black smoke" by 4.05 pm, the Independent reported

Further strikes are shown at 4.13pm and 4.30.

The strikes allegedly came before Saturday's 12-hour ceasefire.

The video is unverified and originally appeared on Saudi Arabian television.

Its release comes as Israel unleashed its heaviest bombardment in the 3-week-old war against Hamas.

At least 1210 Palestinians have been killed, including 109 on Tuesday, and 7000 wounded since the start of fighting July 8, said Palestinian health official Ashraf al-Kidra. He said 16 other people died of wounds sustained on previous days.

The dead included multiple members of at least five families who were pulled from the rubble Tuesday after airstrikes and tank shelling struck their homes, including the mayor of a refugee camp and his 70-year-old father, according to Palestinian health officials and the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Israel has reported 53 soldiers and three civilians killed.

Israel launched its offensive on July 8 with the aim of halting rocket attacks by Hamas and its allies. It later ordered a land invasion to find and destroy the warren of Hamas tunnels that criss-crosses the border area.

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