Israel — Palestine Conflict || Israel Begins Together Troops On The Border, Gaza Bombing Death Toll Rises To 85
Although US President Joe Biden recently expressed hope that ongoing tensions between Israel and the Palestinians would ease soon, Israeli forces began gathering on the Gaza border on Thursday.
On the other hand, according to Hamas, the death toll from the ongoing bombing in Gaza has risen to 85, including 17 children. As many as 487 people have been injured and thousands displaced in the violence since Monday.
Israel launched airstrikes on Gaza on Thursday morning as Palestinians were preparing for Eid prayers, destroying a six-story building in the center of the city.
Last night, Hamas fired rockets at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, most of which were thwarted by Israel’s Iron Dome defense system. The night before Eid was “the most difficult and longest night” for residents here since 2014.
Israel now targets intelligence offices, banks and the naval installations of the militant group Hamas.
Health officials in Gaza say they are investigating a number of deaths suspected of breathing poison gas last night. Samples have been obtained from the bodies and an investigation is underway.
Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets at Israel on Wednesday after an Israeli airstrike killed a senior Hamas commander and destroyed a multi-storey building in Gaza.
Several locations in southern Israel were reportedly targeted. A young child was also seriously injured in the attacks.
Earlier, US President Joe Biden expressed hope that the intensity of the ongoing clashes in Gaza would decrease soon.
World powers are pushing for a ceasefire in the region, and Washington has said it will send a special envoy to negotiate between the Palestinians and Israel.
“I hope this issue will be resolved as soon as possible, but Israel has a right to defend itself,” Biden said after talks with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday.
Although President Biden did not say why he was saying this, a statement from the Israeli prime minister’s office said that Netanyahu had told him that Israel, Hamas and all those active in Gaza. Attacks on terrorist organizations will continue.
The United Nations has previously warned of a full-scale war in Gaza, and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said he is “deeply concerned” about the ongoing violence in Gaza.
Israel says more than 1,000 rockets have been fired by Palestinian militants in the past two days.
In response, Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza, destroying several multi-storey buildings on Tuesday and Wednesday.
On the other hand, there have been riots in Israel’s Arab-populated towns. Israel has declared a state of emergency in the central city of Lud, and hundreds have been arrested.
The city of Lud is located near Tel Aviv, where riots broke out on Tuesday.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his government will use all its power to protect Israel from internal and external enemies.
In addition to Lud, there were several violent incidents in the Israeli cities of Acacia and Haifa.
Footage broadcast on Israeli TV shows an angry mob on the far right beating and apparently knocking an Arab citizen unconscious in an area near Tel Aviv. The injured man is in critical condition and is being treated at a Tel Aviv hospital.
What is happening in Gaza?
Palestinian militants fired rockets at Israel on Monday night. Israel has responded by launching air strikes on Gaza.
Israel said on Wednesday that it had targeted rocket launchers in addition to killing a senior Hamas commander in Gaza.
Hamas has confirmed the death of one of its commanders. The latest violence has killed 53 people and injured more than 300, according to the Hamas-run health department.
Israel’s defense forces say it has carried out the largest attack on Gaza since Wednesday, 2014.
Hamas said the “enemy” was targeting residential buildings.
Residents of residential buildings were told to evacuate before the Israeli airstrikes, but officials say some civilians were still inside when the buildings were attacked.
How did the violence start?
Tensions have been rising since the start of Ramadan in mid-April, with a series of unrest.
With the start of Ramadan, nighttime clashes erupted between Palestinians and police protesting against security barriers erected outside the Damascus Gate.
Hamas has called on Israel to remove police from the Haram al-Sharif and the nearby Arab-populated area of Sheikh Jarrah.
Jewish settlers in the Sheikh Jarrah area of East Jerusalem have filed a lawsuit against Palestinian families, threatening to evict Palestinians from their homes.
East Jerusalem is central to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Both sides claim their right to it.
Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since the Six-Day War in 1967, but Israel’s move has not been recognized by a majority of the international community, and UN resolutions have outlawed it. However, Israel calls the entire city its capital.
The Palestinians, on the other hand, claim that East Jerusalem is the future capital of their “expected independent state.”
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