May 12, 2021


The deadly firefight between Palestinian militants in Gaza and Israeli forces has intensified dramatically, prompting the UN to fear a “full-scale war” as a result.

According to Israel, Palestinian militants have launched over 1,000 rockets in the last 38 hours, the majority of which have hit Tel Aviv.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Israel carried out hundreds of air strikes in Gaza, damaging two tower blocks.

Since Monday, at least 53 Palestinians and six Israelis have been killed. Including 14 Palestinian children trapped in the middle of the war.

The continuing violence has UN Secretary-General António Guterres “gravely worried.”

An Israeli was killed when an anti-tank guided missile from the northern Gaza Strip, hit a jeep on the border. Three more people were hospitalized as a result of the accident.

According to reports; a rocket hit a car were a father with his daughter were and killedin City Lod.

Israel says it has carried out operations to assassinate senior Hamas officials in Gaza.

In a number of Israeli cities, Arabs have staged violent demonstrations. City Lod, near Tel Aviv; declared a state of emergency.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that the government would use all of its resources to defend Israel from both external enemies and internal rioters.

What has caused the violence between Israel and Hamas?

Days of escalating clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police at a holy hilltop compound in East Jerusalem sparked the war between Israel and Hamas.

Both Muslims and Jews revere the site; known as the Haram al-Sharif (Noble Sanctuary) to Muslims and the Temple Mount to Jews. Hamas requested that Israel expel police from the area as well as Sheikh Jarrah; a predominantly Arab neighborhood nearby where Palestinian families are facing eviction by Jewish settlers.

Palestinians claim the eastern half of Jerusalem as the capital of a hoped-for state of their own.

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