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The Informer: Gaza violence enters seventh day, 148 dead

Palestinians burn tires in response to Israeli forces' intervention on a Nakba Day rally. Picture: Getty Images
Palestinians burn tires in response to Israeli forces' intervention on a Nakba Day rally. Picture: Getty Images

Fighting on the Gaza Strip has continued seemingly unabated with deadly hostilities moving into a seventh day.

At least 148 people have been killed in Gaza since the violence began on Monday, including 41 children, health officials said. Israel has reported 10 dead, including two children.

Envoys from the United States, United Nations and Egypt were working to restore calm but have yet to show any signs of progress.

Israel destroyed a 12-storey tower block in Gaza housing the offices of the US-based Associated Press and other news media, saying the building was also used by the Islamist militant group Hamas.

A Palestinian journalist was wounded in the strike, Palestinian media reported, and debris and shrapnel flew dozens of yards away.

The Israeli military said it had provided advance warning to civilians in the building, allowing them to get out.

Closer to home, the federal Treasurer has said spending cuts wouldn't necessarily be on the agenda if the Coalition wins the next election.

Josh Frydenberg said the government was focused on the present.

"We are not seeking to cut spending after the next election. We are always striving to balance the books and we did it before and we will do it again," he said on Insiders.

A little bit further from home, Elon Musk has continued his push into the depths of space, launching a new batch of 52 SpaceX satellites into orbit.

The idea of Musk's company is to place 1584 satellites of the Starlink program in Earth orbit, about 549 kilometres above the earth.

Scientists from the Australian National University have noted satellite launches are all the rage these days.

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