Israel’s armed forces and Palestinian militants exchanged rockets on Tuesday as decades of fighting erupted in another deadly arson attack centered on the day of war, one of the holiest places in the world for Muslims, Jews and Christians. The bloodshed is likely to get worse, as both sides indicated that they would intensify their attacks.
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At least 226 people, including nine children, have been killed in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, the Health Ministry said Tuesday, on a small patch of land on the border controlled by the Hamas group but controlled by Israel.
The Israeli army says it has fired more than 400 rockets at Israel from Gaza and that the attack was aimed at avenging militant leaders.
A rocket hit Salvo’s home in the Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod on Tuesday, but most of the unveiled projectiles fell short and landed in Gaza or were intercepted by Israel’s advanced Iron Dome missile defense system.
Israeli emergency response officials said two women were killed in the shelling Tuesday afternoon and at least one more was in critical condition. Previously, authorities said that at least 10 people had been treated for unspecified injuries in Ashkelon and Ashdod.
The Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, claimed 137 rockets were fired at two Israeli cities in the south in just five minutes on Tuesday, adding an online message: “We still have our hands full.”
The Israeli army’s response to Monday’s rocket attack began quickly, with officials saying 15 militants were killed in airstrikes and drones in Gaza.
Netanyahu: Gaza attack will intensify
On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been involved in legal and political battles with domestic enemies, said that after an assessment of the situation, it was decided to increase both the strength of the attacks in Gaza and the frequency of attacks. attacks. .
The prime minister warned that Hamas would now attack what it did not expect.
On Tuesday, the al-Qassam Brigades said that among the various measures taken by the group to increase our readiness to resist aggression, Israel noted a target where our mujahideen were present. He said that some of his fighters had died and others were missing after the attack.
Islamic Jihad, one of Gaza’s main Palestinian armed groups, says two of its top commanders have been killed in Israeli attacks. Members of the group told AFP news agency that Israeli missiles had hit a residential area in crowded Gaza City, killing commanders and wounding eight others, including a woman and her two children.
Called to keep calm at night, the United States and the United Kingdom. Palestinians, in particular, condemned the rocket attacks and the United Nations expressed serious concern about the overall increase.
Clashes between Israeli security forces and protesters in Jerusalem have escalated for weeks. The clashes broke out about a month before the start of Ramadan, when Israeli police prevented people from sitting in Damascus Gate Square, a popular gathering place during Ramadan. Young Palestinians protested what they saw as Israeli authorities altering their religious and social traditions.
Tensions escalated when Israel imposed a 10,000-person cap on the repatriation of tens of thousands of Palestinians at the Al-Aqsa mosque.
Another bizarre conflict has further fueled Palestinian anger: Israeli plans to evict several Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarah neighborhood of East Jerusalem to allow access for Jewish settlers.
The demonstrations erupted into deadly violence between protesters and police over the weekend and then erupted on Monday.
Israel says more than 300 policemen were injured in clashes around the venerable Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City on Monday. The Palestinian Red Crescent said Israeli police raided the holy site, killing more than 70,000 civilians, many of them injured while praying in mosques.
Amid the continued exchange of rockets, new protests and riots broke out overnight in other major Israeli cities, with Israeli Arabs clashing with security forces.