Death toll from Israeli air strikes surpasses 200 in Gaza

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GAZA: The death toll from Israeli air strikes in Gaza surpassed 200 as the attacks entered a second week.

A crowded coastal strip being controlled by Hamas was bombarded by Israeli air strikes before dawn on Monday. Flames lit up the sky after explosions shook the entire city causing widespread power cuts and damage to hundreds of buildings.

According to international media, huge plumes of smoke were seen billowing from a mattress factory in the city after the air strikes.