Gaza Strip, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas sent a large number of rockets deep into Israel on Thursday, and Israel attacked Gaza with even more airstrikes. Even when Egyptian negotiators met directly with both sides and stepped up their efforts in mediation, hostile relentless escalations took place.
Previous battles between Israel and the Hamas rulers of Gaza, including the devastating 2014 war, were primarily confined to the poverty-blocked Palestinian territory and the frontier Israeli community. However, the round seems to be farther and wider than any time since the Palestinian Intifada in 2000, the uprising, tearing the country at its seams.
Arab and Jewish mobs roamed the streets, barbarically beating people and burning cars while several rocket attacks reached the Tel Aviv region. Flight canceled Or detoured from a major airport in the country.
Tired PalestiniansMeanwhile, the end of the holy Ramadan month for Muslims on Thursday ended solemnly as militants fired rockets one after another and Israel carried out a wave of trembling airstrikes. Since the rocket began on Monday, Israel has defeated three skyscrapers that said it contained Hamas facilities after warning civilians to evacuate.
The Gaza Ministry of Health said the death toll had risen to 83 Palestinians, including 17 children and 7 women, and more than 480 were injured. The Islamic Jihad confirmed the deaths of seven militants, and Hamas admitted that 13 militants, including a senior commander, had been killed. Israel says the number of dead militants is much higher.
Seven people were killed in Israel. Among them were a soldier killed by an anti-tank missile and a 6-year-old child beaten by a rocket attack.
The visit of Egyptian security officials was an important development in the international mediation effort that was key to ending past combat rounds. Officials first met with Hamas leaders in Gaza before meeting with Israelis in Tel Aviv, two Egyptian intelligence officials said. They weren’t allowed to talk to the media, so they spoke on condition of anonymity.
Still, both Israel and Hamas seemed determined to move forward.
Even when the presence of an intermediary was announced, Gaza militants fired about 100 rocket volleys at about the same time, sounding air raid sirens around southern and central Israel.
There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, but after three nights of airstrikes and the killings of several Hamas leaders involved in the rocket program on Wednesday, Hamas’ arsenal was still full. A barrage aimed at showing has appeared.
“The decision to bomb Tel Aviv, Dimona and Jerusalem is easier for us than drinking water,” a Hamas military spokesman declared in a video message. Dimona is the location of the Israeli nuclear reactor. “Whenever we launch an attack on our people, our conflict reaches you,” he said.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the battery of the Iron Dome missile defense system, which the military says has intercepted 90% of the 1,200 rockets that have reached Israel from Gaza so far.
“It will take longer, but very firmly … we will reach our goal — to restore peace to Israel,” he said.
The night before, Israeli television reported that Netanyahu’s security cabinet had approved an expansion of the attack, which the military said had already attacked 600 targets in Gaza.
In Gaza, a club was thrown at Eid al-Fitr, a holiday at the end of Ramadan’s daily fasting month. It’s usually during the festival, when families buy new clothes and get together for a big feast.
Instead, Hamas urged believers to mark the joint Eid prayers in their homes and nearest mosques, rather than in the open air as in the tradition.
Hassan Abu Shaaban tried to lighten the mood by handing out candies to passers-by after prayer, but admitted that “Eid has no atmosphere at all.”
“It’s all airstrikes, destruction and devastation,” he said. “May God help everyone.”
In the southern town of Gaza, Khan Eunice, dozens of mourners marched on the streets carrying bodies aged 11 and 13 when Israeli airstrikes struck near their homes on Wednesday.
In Israel, rocket fires killed life in a southern community near Gaza, but reached the north to the Tel Aviv region, about 70 km (45 miles) away for two consecutive days.
Israel has diverted its arrival flights from Ben Gurion International Airport near the city to Ramon Airfield, the southernmost point of the country, the Ministry of Transport said. Some flights have also been cancelled.
Hamas said it had launched its most powerful rocket, Ayyash, at Ramon, 180 km (110 miles) from Gaza. According to Israeli media, the rocket landed in the desert and the air raid warning did not sound. Still, according to the tracking website, the flight was temporarily suspended at the airport, leaving some planes turning before landing and takeoff resumed.
“We’re sitting at home and dealing with it because we think it’s okay,” said Motti Heim, the father of two children, who lives in the center of Beer Yaakov. “Running to a shelter is not easy. It is not easy for children.”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres accused Israel of “indiscriminate launches of rockets” from civilian areas of Gaza toward Israel’s densely populated areas, but urged Israel to show “maximum restraint.” US President Joe Biden called Netanyahu to support Israel’s right to self-defense, saying Secretary of State Antony Blinken has sent senior diplomats to the area to ease tensions.
Current violence eruption Started in Jerusalem a month ago, With the brute force tactics of the Israeli police during Ramadan Threatens the eviction of dozens of Palestinian families It ignited protests by Jewish settlers and clashes with police. The focus of the Palestinian-Israeli police clash was the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.Built on a hilltop compound, worshiped by Jews and Muslims.
Israel considers the entire Jerusalem as its capital, but Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.
Hamas, who claims to protect the city, launched a rocket barrage in Jerusalem late Monday in a dramatic escalation. The Hamas flag was seen outside Al-Aqsa on Thursday, and thousands of people gathered there for Eid’s prayer.
The recent battle has also begun Violent clash between Arabs and Jews in Israel, In a scene that hasn’t been seen for over 20 years. Netanyahu warned that he was ready to use “iron fists as needed” to calm the violence.
An ugly conflict erupted again at the end of Wednesday. Jewish and Arab mobs fought in the epicenter of the problem, the central city of Rod, despite an emergency and a curfew. In nearby Bat Yam, a Jewish nationalist dragged an Arab driver out of his car and beat him until he was stuck.
Israeli police said two people were shot dead, injured and stabbed by Israeli Jews in Lod. Arab citizens were stabbed and seriously injured at the central Mahaneyevda market in Jerusalem.
On the west bank of the occupied Jordan River, Israeli forces intervened in a Palestinian shooting attack, saying they were injured. The Palestinian Ministry of Health said the suspected shooter had been killed.
It is still unclear how the fighting in Gaza will affect Netanyahu’s political future. He was unable to form a coalition government after he was undecided in the March parliamentary elections, and his political rivals are now trying to form a coalition government in three weeks.
They opened a courtroom in the small Muslim Arab Party, but fighting could hinder their efforts.
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