A bomb dropped by an Israel Air Force plane severly damaged the Palestinian Foreign Ministry building in Gaza City early Thursday, witnesses said. The building partially collapsed and the bomb caused widespread destruction in the area.
Witnesses reported at least 13 people were wounded in the strike, which took place after 1:30 A.M. local time.
Israel confirmed it had carried out an airstrike on the Palestinian Foreign Ministry, saying it is "led by Hamas" and has been used for the "planning of terror attacks."
Palestinian Foreign Ministry spokesman Taher al-Nunu accused Israel of carrying out "organized terrorism that targets all the Palestinian people and aims to exterminate all government institutions, one after another, to prevent them from carrying out their duties."
Houses in the area were badly damaged by the force of the explosion, and the third and fourth floor of the foreign ministry building were demolished.